We are proud to announce the 2014 TAMT Young Composers Competition. We are calling for young composers, aged 18 and under, to write a piece for the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra (SCYO). The piece must be between 2 and 10 minutes in length, and written for a chamber orchestra of standard classical proportions (further details enclosed). The winner will have his or her work performed by SCYO in the Spring alongside a Britten celebration which will see the SCYO link up with an orchestra from the St Cecilia Academy in Rome.

The deadline for entries is January 10th 2014. The works will be judged by a panel of experienced musicians and composers. Three finalists will be announced, and a masterclass day held in February 2014 (which all entrants can watch) where the SCYO will try-out the 3 pieces and both players and composers will be given advice and guidance from visiting composers and players.

As well as inspiring a new generation of fine young musicians, SCYO is hoping to give an exciting opportunity to young composers in the area too. The SCYO musicians will get an exciting opportunity to ask a composer why they have written certain passages and how they want it play, and the young composers will get a rare opportunity to have their piece performed by a full orchestra of some of the area’s finest young musicians.

The masterclass day and competition is being supported by the Thornbury Town Council, Thornbury Rotary, and Thornbury Round Table, and we hope the various events will be exciting for all involved.