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Durham University Brass Band

Fiona Simpson

Durham University hosts new composition competition

5:05, 30th June 2020

A new composition competition, hosted by Durham University, is set to see two winners have their works published.

The announcement comes as part of the inception of a new composition competition supported by Durham Music Shop and composer Steve Robson. 

The Durham and Open Composition Competition is open to all UK university students and graduates of up to one year and is looking for pieces of music themed around the North East of England, or a concert march. 

The original compositions, up to six minutes in length, should be arranged for standard brass band orchestration, and be playable after some rehearsal by a third section band.

The competition has two classes, one open to all UK university students and recent graduates, and another open to just Durham University students and recent graduates. 

Both classes are offering prizes of £100, plus the chance to get your work published by Modrana Music Publishers and performed by Durham University Brass Band in the upcoming academic year.

The winning entries will be judged by Steve Robson, from Weardale, who is also a local concert organiser.

Submissions are also encouraged to include some accompanying notes about the composition. 

Robson said “I was delighted to be invited by Brian Yates of Durham Music Shop to participate in this exciting new venture, to encourage university students around the country to try their hands at, or develop their musical skills by composing for brass band. 

“I’m honoured to have been asked to judge, and am eager to get listening in September. Good luck!”

Entries close on 1 September. More information can be found at community.dur.ac.uk/brass.band/compositionComp.html, and entries or any questions queries be sent to brass.band@durham.ac.uk

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