Christopher Brooks Composition Prize open for entries

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) has launched the second instalment of its Christopher Brooks Composition Prize for young composers. First run in 2015, the competition encourages and develops young talent in the North West of England.

The prize is open to any composer aged 18-30 living, studying or working in the counties of Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester.

The winner will receive GBP1,000 (€1,290) and have their work performed in concert by RLPO during the 2017-18 season. The prize money is provided by Lancashire Sinfonietta Legacy Fund and The Rushworth Foundation.

In addition, the competition winner will also develop their composition and teaching practice through access to RLPO’s programme for children and young people, including Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company, Youth Orchestra and Choirs, higher education partnerships and the El-Sistema inspired In Harmony Liverpool.

‘This second Christopher Brooks Competition Prize builds on our extensive work supporting composition students in the City’s universities, along with the many local, national and international artists we commission to write new work for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and associated ensembles,’ said Peter Garden, RLPO’s executive director of performance and learning.

Last year’s winner Bethan Morgan-Williams will hear her new work performed by RLPO’s Ensemble 10/10 in a concert on 28 October at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall Concert Room.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on 18 July. Full details about to how to apply are available on the RLPO website.