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THE COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Winners are expected to be announced from November 2021. Each winner will be commissioned to write a new work to be premiered at a BDRS event in 2022.

PRIZES

The Howarth of London Open Prize for Oboe Composition
  • A £1000 commission to write a new 8- to 12-minute work for unaccompanied oboe,
  • to be premiered by BDRS Oboe president Nicholas Daniel.
The BDRS – Leitzinger Open Prize for Bassoon Composition
  • A £1000 commission to write a new 8- to 12-minute work for unaccompanied bassoon,
  • to be premiered by Amy Harman, ENO and Aurora Orchestra Principal Bassoon.
The Oboe Shop @ Crowthers – BDRS Under-19 Prize for Oboe Composition
  • A £200 commission to write a new work of up to 6 minutes for unaccompanied oboe,
  • to be premiered by Henry Clay, RSNO Principal Cor Anglais, and
  • mentoring from professional composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Each winner will also benefit from consultations with their respective premiere performer during the composition process.

All commissioned works will be published by Emerson Edition Ltd.

We are very grateful to our prize sponsors Howarth of London, Leitzinger, and The Oboe Shop @ Crowthers.

JUDGES

Joining Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Nicholas Daniel, and Amy Harman on our diverse panel of expert judges are Atéa Wind Quintet and RIOT Ensemble oboist Philip Haworth, and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassoon Justin Sun.

The panel will apply a two-stage judging process. All applicants, including those under 19, will be considered for each of the two open prizes. The only prize that will be restricted to a subset of applicants is the under-19 prize.

QUERIES

Any queries regarding the competition should be sent to Alison Wathey.