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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced

5:20, 5th July 2017

The winners of the 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Young Composer’s Competition have been announced.

Five young composers have won across three categories in this year’s competition. They will have their compositions performed at a BBC Prom in 2018, and they also win a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a BBC commission throughout the 17/18 season.

The winners are:

Lower junior category (12-14 years):

Juliana Niu – A Short Fantasy

Chelsea Becker – New York

Upper junior category (15-16 years):

Rebecca Farthing – The Death of Lennie Small

Will Harmer – The Whole Heaven On Fire

Senior category (17-18 years):

Sarah Frances Jenkins – Three Miniatures of Ynys Lawd

Nine entrants were highly commended. These are Denis Patrick Coleman IV, Joshua Rydell and Aidan Bryston in the lower junior category; Alistair Burton, Dominic Aoelio Williams and Alexia Sloane in the upper junior category; and Ignacio Mana Mesa, Jamie Farrow and Marcello Palazzo in the senior category.

The judging panel comprised Fraser Trainer, Kerry Andrew, Charlotte Bray, Hannah Kendall, Gabriel Prokofiev, Tansy Davies and David Pickard.

‘The outstanding quality of the entries to this year’s Inspire competition made judging incredibly tricky,’ said composer and judge Charlotte Bray. ‘What a joy and privilege it is to see the work and creativity of so many young composers.’

A BBC Proms Inspire Day on 14 August will bring together over 100 composers in a day of workshops, culminating in a winners’ concert. The winning pieces will be performed by Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon at the BBC Radio Theatre and recorded for future broadcast on Radio 3.

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