The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize provides a unique opportunity for a young composer to develop their talent and access guidance and support from a wide range of people working in the music profession.


Applicants should:
• be between 18 and 30 years of age
• live, work or study in the North West of England (Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria)
• not be represented by a publisher (self-published composers will be eligible)
• previous winners of the Christopher Brooks Prize are not eligible to apply

How to apply

PLEASE NOTE: The closing date for this year's prize was 18 July 2016.

22-year-old Liverpool-born Richard Miller is the winner of the 2016-17, Christopher Brooks Composition Prize in association with The Rushworth Foundation.

Richard wins a cash prize of £1,000 made possible through the support of the Lancashire Sinfonietta Legacy Fund and The Rushworth Foundation and a year’s complimentary membership of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA). All three organisations are supporting the competition for a second year running.

The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize provides a unique opportunity for a young North West composer, aged 18-30 years to develop his or her talent, access mentoring and guidance from leading artists and music industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic. It culminates in the composer writing a new work that will be premiered by Ensemble 10/10, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s new music group, in autumn 2017.

Richard will be supported with a bespoke programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions from resident and visiting musicians, conductors, composers, performers and other industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic.

He will also develop his composition and teaching practice through access to Liverpool Philharmonic’s programme for children and young people, including Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company, Youth Orchestra and Choirs, higher education partnerships and the transformative In Harmony Liverpool programme.

Richard has recently completed a Degree in Composition and in September embarked on an Masters Degree in Composition, both at the Royal College of Music, studying with Kenneth Hesketh and Simon Holt. He has also worked with composers Sally Beamish, Colin Matthews, Mark Simpson and the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. His music has been performed by ensembles including the BBC Singers and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Richard is Director of Music at St. Michael’s Church in London’s Camden Town and Artistic Director of the St. Cecilia Ensemble. He is holder of a Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Post-Graduate Composition Study Bursary 2016-17; and will benefit for a Help Musicians UK travel bursary during 2016-2017.