Although my research usually focuses on historical composers, I've just heard about a new award that might be useful to some international readers of this blog - the Commonwealth International Competition Award.
The award aims to "promote composition around the world" and "give young composers the skills they need to further their careers" and it's interesting to see in the FAQs that it's open to all styles of music, not just European classical music!
There are two categories:
FLYERS - under 18s from around the world but excluding UK residents or those getting any specialist music education in the UK ie specialist music schools and Junior conservatoires.
STARTERS - anyone interested in composition who is from one of the 4 target regions (2019 is Antigua and Barbuda, India, New Zealand, and Rwanda)
There doesn't appear to be a cash prize but winners will get a composition teacher as well as a recording and performance of their piece by the Dionysus Ensemble. If you think you or someone you know might be eligible, have a look at the website and send something in. The closing date is 31st July 2019, so you've still got time! https://cicompositionaward.com/
I’m back for the New Year with someone that I can’t believe
I hadn’t heard of before – Trinidadian-born pianist Winifred Atwell. Although
she influenced a number of musicians through her ragtime performances and compositions,
Winifred was also sought after for her classical performances.
I first came across her at the Black Sound
exhibition at the Black
Cultural Archives in Brixton in 2018 and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t
already aware of someone who, as well as being a famous black pianist who
worked across genres, was the first black person to have a no. 1 UK single and still
seems to be the only female instrumentalist to have achieved that!
Judging by the comments below her YouTube performances, she has a pretty loyal fanbase and recorded TV performances are still being uploaded wherever they’re found.
I’m hoping I’ll have a chance to put together a Spotify playlist soon but until then, here’s another video to keep you going.