Cory Band and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWMCD) are pleased to announce the launch of its 2023 competition – the seventh time this has been held. Previous winners have been Andrew Wainwright (The Spirit of St Louis), Andy Wareham (Tarot, Tortuous Tarot) and last year’s winner Ben Fuller (The Tortoise and The Hare).

Applications are invited from composers to submit new pieces of no more than five minutes duration with a closing date of 1st September 2023. Cory Band will choose a shortlist of four, all of which will be rehearsed and recorded at RWCMD in November, with a series of short programmes broadcast on the band’s YouTube channel soon after with a public vote. This vote, alongside the verdict of three professional judges, will determine the winner which will then be added to Cory Band’s concert programmes, and published by Wright and Round Music Publishers. The winning entrant will receive a cheque for £300 sponsored by New Moon Insurance with whom Cory Band is partnering for the second year.

Announcing details of the competition, Cory Band Musical Director Philip Harper commented: “Creating opportunities for new music is something which is really important to all of us at Cory Band. Last year’s competition was particularly strong and we’re excited to see what this year’s composers come up with. We’re delighted again to be able to offer the chance for band fans all over the world to take part by listening, watching and voting, something which tens of thousands did last time.”

Speaking on behalf of RWCMD, Kevin Price (Deputy Director of Music) said: “We greatly value our partnership with Cory Band, and their commitment to commissioning new work, performed at the highest possible standards. The support of New Moon Insurance shows belief in our precious Brass Band movement, the creation of new work, mentorship for aspiring musicians, and belief in the audiences that support us all. RWCMD is committed to nurturing and supporting the future of our Brass Band movement, and our role in identifying and supporting young talent.”

Commenting on behalf of commercial partner New Moon Insurance, Paul Crump said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Cory Band, on this our 15th year of trading. It is so important to us that together as a music community we work to support each other and develop new talent and opportunities for all involved in banding.”


The 2022 Winning entry

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