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Exciting Opportunities with the BBC Proms

Published: Monday, 04 March 2019

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Two opportunities for young musicians from the BBC - a competition for talented composers and Youth Ensemble for string players.

2019 BBC Proms Inspire Competition

What is it?

As part of our BBC Proms Inspire scheme for young composers, we run an annual Competition which seeks to uncover budding musical talent across the UK. This year’s Competition will be open until 23 May 2019 and is free to enter. The Competition is judged in three age categories (12-14, 15-16, and 17-18) and up to two winners can be selected in each. All entrants are welcomed into our Inspire Community while winners receive a professional performance of their piece at the BBC Proms, a BBC broadcast and a commission.

Who can enter?

The Competition is open to 12-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and creating their own original music. We welcome applications from songwriters and composers making music of any genre and for any instrumentation, whether using acoustic instruments or working with electronic sounds. What we are looking for is a spark of originality and creativity!

How to enter

For full details of how to enter the Competition and Ts & Cs, visit

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2019 BBC Proms Youth Ensemble

What is it?

From 25 February we will be recruiting for the next BBC Proms Youth Ensemble. We are looking for talented young string players to perform alongside the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at a Late Night Prom on 10 September 2019, as part of a new commission by a well-known artist (full details to be announced on 17 April!).

Who can apply?

We are looking for up to 34 musicians aged 16 to 25 from across the UK who are playing at a Grade 8 standard (or equivalent) or above on the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. The project involves playing new music, so we are looking for talented and enthusiastic musicians who will rise to the challenge! This isn’t a competition and we’re particularly keen to reach young people from all backgrounds who show promise but might not have had this kind of opportunity to perform with professional musicians.

How to apply

Detailed information on how to apply for the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble 2019 will be available on the BBC Proms website from Monday 25 February when applications open.

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