Composition Prize for 2018 Announced

The Cory Band, in collaboration with The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), is delighted to announce details of the Composition Prize for 2018.

Now a well-established event in the band’s calendar, entries are sought by composers of any age or experience of works which have not already been performed. Three of the submitted works will be selected by composer and Musical Director of Cory Philip Harper, to be performed by Cory Band at a gala evening in the prestigious Dora Stoutzker Hall at RWCMD on Saturday 26th May 2018. A panel of experts consisting this year of trumpet player John Wallace, conductor Nigel Seaman, and Cory Band’s Musical Director Philip Harper will decide the winner on the night, which will immediately receive a second performance from the band before going on to be published and recorded.

Speaking about this year’s competition Philip Harper said: “This has developed into a really successful event now, and since its inception has created over 60 new works for brass band. Cory has really enjoyed performing and recording the previous three winning works by composers Lewis Furber, Richard Haydn Taylor and Andy Wareham. At this year’s concert we are delighted to be joined also by The Wallace Collection with which the band will be joining to present Scottish composer Jay Capperauld’s new work, which will only add to the spirit of celebration of new brass music of the evening.”

Continuing, Philip commented: “One of the new features to the competition this year is a video which the band and I have created, which aims to give first-time composers an idea of where to start when scoring for the brass band. In previous years I have felt that some entries struggled to grasp the idiosyncrasies involved here, and so hopefully our user-friendly guide will encourage more composers to feel confident in their creating!”

Entry forms can be downloaded from the link below:

2018 RWCMD Cory Comp Prize Rules and Entry Form

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