The New Directions Composition Prize aims to share the joy of music by encouraging young people to create their own original composition. The competition is run by Robinson College, University of Cambridge.
The competition is an opportunity to compose a piece of your own music, no longer than 4 minutes long, based on one of the images, poems or quotations provided. Your composition will be listened to and marked by Dr Jeremy Thurlow, Director of Studies in Music at Robinson College. The prize is open to anyone, regardless of your musical experience.
Don’t worry! This composition prize is all about exploring music and composition, whether you’re already a passionate musician, or you’re exploring music for the first time.
You can use any kind of software, or sit at the piano or with a guitar or other instrument, or record yourself singing, or write a score, or any combination of these. In the end you must make an mp3 of your music - and if it feels appropriate to the way you wrote your music to send in a score as well, you're welcome to do so.
Winners will receive a £50 voucher, and will also be invited to a workshop day at Robinson College, Cambridge, later in the year. This will be a chance to explore the College and the University, and do a range of musical activities across the day.