Published on August 13th, 2020 by gavin

Three weeks left to enter student composition competition

There are just three weeks left to enter the Durham and Open Composition Competition! The competition, hosted by Durham University Brass Band and supported by Durham Music Shop and Steve Robson, is set to publish two works by UK university students or recent graduates – could you be one of the winners? 

This year sees the inception of the new Durham and Open Composition Competition, open to all UK university students and graduates of up to one year. Durham University Brass Band are looking for pieces of music themed around the North East of England, or a concert march. The original compositions, up to 6 minutes in length, should be arranged for standard brass band orchestration, and be playable after some rehearsal by a 3rd section band. Winning entries, judged by Steve Robson, will be published by Modrana Music Publishers. 

The competition has two classes, one open to all UK university students and recent graduates, and another open to just Durham University students and recent graduates. Both classes are offering prizes of £100, plus the chance to get your work published (with a competitive royalty agreement) and performed by Durham University Brass Band in the upcoming academic year. With banding still out of reach for many of us at the moment, this is the perfect opportunity to stay involved with the community! 

The winning entries shall be judged by Steve Robson, a composer and concert organiser from Weardale in County Durham. All compositions will be judged “blind” by Steve, with no knowledge of who has written them. Submissions are also encouraged to include some accompanying notes about the composition. 

Entries close on 1st September 2020. More information can be found at, and entries/queries should be sent to [email protected].  

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