Liverpool Philharmonic offers a wide range of opportunities for young composers to develop their work, including the Christopher Brooks Composition Prize and the Rushworth Young Composers scheme.

The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize provides a unique programme for a young composer to develop their talent, access mentoring and support from industry professionals and networks, participate in a bespoke programme of workshops and masterclasses, embed themselves throughout the Performance and Learning programme, resulting in the performance of a new commission for 10/10, Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music ensemble. The prize is offered annually and is open to any composer aged 18-30 living, studying or working in the counties of Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester.

The prize is made possible through the support of the Lancashire Sinfonietta Legacy Fund and The Rushworth Foundation. The late Christopher Brooks was a founder of the Lancashire Sinfonietta (now sadly disbanded) and gave an immense amount of support and encouragement to young musicians during his lifetime. The Rushworth Foundation, founded by Jonathan Rushworth whose family were founders of Liverpool’s famous music retail and pipe organ building business, Rushworth & Dreaper, continues a 175-year tradition of support for the musical life of the city of Liverpool.

The Rushworth Young Composers scheme offers young composers and Youth Company members the chance to develop their composing skills by writing music for performance by their peers. The composers, aged 14 to 18, work with mentors to develop their creative and musical voice, write music for players and singers from Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Choir and have the chance to see their music performed in the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room.

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