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Young brass composers urged to up tempo and race to enter prestigious award competition

Published in Contest on 2014-03-09 by Empty Chairs

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Time is fast running out for budding young brass band composers to submit their entries to a prestigious competition that will see the winning piece featured at a top brass band festival this summer, as well as gaining a cash prize.

Entries for the annual Nock Deighton Challenge for Young Composers 2014 competition need to be received by the Ironbridge Brass Band Festival committee before 1st April 2014.

This year’s competition has attracted enquiries from across the UK and as far afield as Poland and the USA and organisers are now urging that outstanding compositions be completed and submitted as a matter of urgency.

The Nock Deighton Challenge for Young Composers is open to all young musicians under the age of 21. Own composition submissions are invited in any genre or style, provided they are fully scored for brass band.

Entry to the competition is free and all entrants who meet the entry criteria will receive a token £10 prize. Two runners-up will each receive prizes of £50 and the winner will receive £100.

Competition entries should ideally be between 2½ and 4 minutes long and submitted either as hard copy or in electronic format. Full details of the competition and entry forms can be downloading from or obtained by emailing . 

Entries will be shortlisted by a panel of experienced brass band musicians, with the final selection being made by Dennis Masters who has a long and illustrious history in the brass band movement as MD, composer and adjudicator.   

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