The Cory Band, in partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is delighted to announce details for the RWCMD Cory Band Composition Prize for 2016. After the success of the inaugural event in 2015, won by Lewis Furber for his composition English Counterpoint, which has been featured on Cory Band concerts and a CD recording, the 2016 event will feature a similar format, with entrants invited to submit pieces of no more than five minutes in duration, for consideration for a shortlist of three, all of which will be performed by the Cory Band at a Gala Concert at the RWCMD on 21 May 2016.
Four judges will consider each of the shortlisted entries and the winner will be announced on the night, with a second performance. The judges will be Philip Harper, Musical Director of Cory Band; Philip Sparke, international band composer; Kevin Price, Head of Brass and Percussion at RWCMD; and Nigel Seaman, Musical Consultant of Cory Band and low brass tutor at RWCMD. Last year, pieces by Stan Nieuwenhaus and Ian McEllligott were also shortlisted from an entry of 15 pieces.
Again in 2016, the winning piece will be performed and recorded by Cory and will be published by Wright and Round Music Publishers, and the winner will receive £250 in cash, kindly donated by Kapitol Promotions.
Musical Director of Cory Band, Philip Harper said: “We were all thrilled with the response to last year’s competition, and it very much achieved our objective of creating new music for brass band, with a specific audience appeal, as set out in the brief. The winning piece by Lewis Furber was not particularly conventional, in fact Lewis had never written for brass band before, but his music has been very much enjoyed by audiences at Cory Band concerts. I would encourage anyone who wants to increase their profile as a composer to consider submitting a piece for next year’s competition.”