Applications for 2020/2021 are now closed
Many thanks and a huge congratulations to everyone who took part!
Thank you very much for all your wonderful submission to New Directions. We were delighted by how many of you sent in pieces and we hope you had fun creating them. Because we want to do justice to all of your pieces, and because we received more than we had anticipated, we shall now be informing you of the results of the competition around the beginning of July.
The briefs for next year will be released, and applications opened, in October 2021.
Calling All Young Composers!
The New Directions Composition Competition exists in order to encourage young people, from all walks of life, to create music and to explore the possibilities of communication and creativity that music can bring.
The competition is for anyone below the age of 18. You may compose in any style or genre (a song, an instrumental work, a piece on Logic, hip-hop, ambient etc.). The more inventive the better!
All the information needed can be found in the PDF shown, or interactive versions can be found below. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for Submissions: 19th March 2021 (14:00)
Results: 7th May 2021 (20:00)
Brief 1: Use one of the following poems by either Zukofsky or A.A. Milne as a starting point for a composition:
A 14, Louis Zukofsky
Wind On The Hill, A. A. Milne
No one can tell me,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.
It’s flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
Not if I ran.
But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.
And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.
So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes…
But where the wind comes from
Brief 2: Create a composition from the notes C, F#, E, G#, Eb
Brief 3: Depict a stormy sea in music
Brief 4: Using this photograph of the Robinson College Chapel’s stained-glass window by John Piper as a starting point, create a piece of music:
Brief 5: Using the following sequence of numbers (interpreting them however you’d like) to compose a work of music: 5, 7, 4, 3, 0, 1, 3, 6
Introducing Some Instruments
Francis Bushell shares his enthusiasm for – as well as some fascinating features of – the bassoon, sampling some famous pieces in explanation.
The wonderful Aristo Sham introduces some of the exciting techniques and sonorities made possible when writing for the piano. https://www.aristosham.net/
Calvin Preston introduces a variety of fascinating techniques and genres as well as how they can be applied to writing music for guitar.
Carl Ashworth explores some of the wonderful features of the trombone.
Monty Hancock (Miro) discusses three fundamental aspects of music production, clearly and expertly. https://www.montyhancock.com/miro
Hetta McFarlane teaches about the exciting qualities and mechanics of the violin, providing some charming musical examples.