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 2019, as well as some other events taking place around the Final Gala Concert. The prize will again be generously sponsored by Kapitol Promotions.

Cory Band’s Musical Director explained: “The creation of new music for brass band is something I’m very passionate about, which is why Cory and RWCMD launched the Composition Prize back in 2015. Now in its fifth year we have successfully generated some excellent pieces for the whole movement to share, and I would encourage any composers to consider entering our competition, as the exposure and commercial foothold which constitutes part of the prize is certainly very valuable.

“This year we wanted to go even further, so I have invited professional composer Liz Lane to join us at the college for the day, working with young composers on composition skills and techniques which will ultimately lead to the creation of a new piece which will be performed that very same afternoon by Cory Band on stage in the concert. For the composers, working with an established professional on something which will have an immediate performance by a world-leading ensemble will be an exhilarating experience I hope – as it will certainly be for the band!”

Further details about participation in the workshop will be released in collaboration with RWCMD in due course, but entries are now being sought for the Composition Prize itself and composers are invited to compose concert pieces of no more than five minutes duration. Three of the submitted works will be selected by Philip Harper, to be performed by Cory Band at the prestigious Dora Stoutzker Hall at RWCMD at 3pm on Sunday 30 June 2019. A panel of esteemed experts will decide the winner, which will immediately receive a second performance from the band before going on to be published and recorded. The winner will also receive £300 sponsored by Kapitol Promotions and presented by Philip Morris.

Philip Harper continued: “The concert will be as exciting as ever – like an X-Factor for composition! Last year’s winning entry The Spirit of St Louis by Andrew Wainwright has now been performed over 20 times by Cory Band all over the world, and this is only one of the opportunities which winning the competition offers. This year we hope to create a further buzz around brass band composition with the addition of the workshops with Liz Lane, and both Liz and I are really hoping that we can attract more female entrants this year – there is absolutely no reason at all that composition should be so male-dominated! I hope this will inspire the creative juices, and I look forward to seeing your entry before the closing date of 3rd June.”

Philip and Cory have created an introductory video about how to score for brass band, which proved extremely popular last year. The video can be found on Cory Band’s YouTube channel or directly from this link

Entry forms can be downloaded from ‘2019 RWCMD Cory Comp Prize Rules and Entry Form’, and the closing date for entries is Monday 3rd June 2019.

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