Plucked from Nowhere competition winner announced

Back in July I posted about an exciting composition competition entitled Plucked from Nowhere. To win, entrants had to write a compelling new work for harp and chamber orchestra. Today, I was contacted by competition organiser Geoffrey Alvarez with the news that the competition’s esteemed jury — including composers Paul Patterson and Roxana Panufnik, as […]

Sibelius and Ensemble Offspring nominated in Australian Classical Music Awards

Each year the Australian Music Centre hosts the Classical Music Awards, which aims to celebrate “Australia’s finest compositions, performances and outstanding achievements in contemporary classical music.” We’re delighted that Sibelius, along with our partner Ensemble Offspring, have been nominated in the Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music in Education in recognition of the Sibelius Composer Awards […]

Plucked From Nowhere composition competition

I was recently contacted by conductor and composer Geoffrey Alvarez about a composition competition that his ensemble, the Alvarez Chamber Orchestra, is running. From his web site: The Alvarez Chamber Orchestra is holding a competition for composers of any age and nationality to submit works for Harp and Chamber Orchestra. There is no specification as […]

Howard Goodall’s advice for young composers

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the award ceremony for the Sibelius Student Composer of the Year 2008 competition, at the Royal Academy of Music in London. All of the runners-up and winners (bar one) in each of the three categories (Jazz, Film, Classical/Contemporary) in the two age groups (11-16 and 17-18) attended, […]

Student Composer of the Year 2008: winners announced!

Back in December I invited you to vote in the Student Composer of the Year competition, and I hope you managed to find the time to listen to some of the shortlisted entries and vote. Last Monday, the winners were announced. Congratulations to Claire, Will, Steven, Adam, Eunsoeg, Lucy, Thomas, Maya, Ralph, Chris, Danny and […]