We are delighted to be working as a Partner School with the Oxford Chamber Music Festival again this year. Our commitment to making music as accessible and enjoyable as possible for all of our students is mirrored in the OCMF’s educational vision: they too seek to introduce music in all of its glorious complexity and life-affirming richness to as wide an audience as possible. There is no sense of being patronising; programmes are not dumbed-down; but the energy, enthusiasm and desire to communicate that their wonderful musicians bring to each performance break down the barriers of exclusivity that deter so many from classical music.
Following the successful launch of the d’Overbroeck’s/OCMF Chamber Music Competition last year, we are delighted to be holding another competition for young composers this year. Those who are shortlisted will be invited to receive feedback and constructive advice from the judges in a masterclass (either online or, if possible, in person), and the winner will have their piece premiered at one of the festival concerts, designed for schools.
The theme for this year’s competition is TRANSCENDENCE, and we want you to compose a piece that reflects and illuminates this theme, and expresses what that word might mean to you. As with last year’s competition the works of Beethoven and Pärt provide an excellent starting point for study, but composers may also draw on any styles that they find inspiring, be it folk, tango, minimalism, funk…(!)
Last year, we were delighted that one of the highly commended runners-up was one of our very own Music scholars, Thomas!
Click on the video below to hear about his composition ‘Reflections for Violin and Piano’, how he approached the competition and his top tips for this year’s entrants:
Here is a full performance of Thomas’s piece performed by d’Overbroeck’s violin teacher Jean Paterson:
Advice from our expert judges
Hear from one of our expert judges, Jeremy Arden, about his advice for how to go about composing your entry:
How to enter
For more information about the composition competition and how to enter, download the pdf below. Entries are free to make and the closing date is 14 August 2021. We can’t wait to hear your compositions!