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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

BBC Proms launches 2017 Inspire scheme

1:00, 9th January 2017

Young composers aged 12-18 can now apply to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme 2017.

The scheme offers young composers new opportunities to support their development and the chance to have their composition performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, as well as a BBC commission.

BBC Inspire Secondary LogoComposers on the 2017 Inspire intake will be able to work with Hannah Kendall to create a new piece of music incorporating spoken word for International Women’s Day, to be broadcast live on Radio 3’s In Tune on 8 March, and participate in a masterclass led by Sir James MacMillan with musicians from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on 30 March.

Composers have until 25 May to submit their entries, which will be judged by composers including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Kerry Andrew, Charlotte Bray and Fraser Trainer, as well as BBC Proms director David Pickard.

Past competition winners and highly commended composers are invited to join the team of Inspire Ambassadors, who act as a sounding board and champion the scheme across the UK. The 2017 Inspire Ambassadors are: Sarah Gait, Electra Perivolaris, Grace Mason, Sofia Swenson-Wright, Tammas Slater, Thomas Brown, Alex Jones, Ellis Howarth, Max Bilbe, William Kidner and Sarah Jenkins.


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