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2022

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

YOUNG PERCUSSION

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WELCOME

Welcome to the PercWorks 'Young Percussion Composer of the Year' Competition 2022!

This is our second year running YPCOTY and we are proud to announce that we are back bigger and better! We now have more age categories and even more prizes from our fantastic sponsors!


We are excited to declare that the competition is NOW OPEN!

RULES & ELIGIBILITY

The Young Percussion Composer of the Year competition is FREE to enter and you must be aged 18 or under. You have the option to compose an original work for Percussion Quartet or Drumline. You are allowed to submit a composition for each if you wish! The original composition must have been written in 2022 and must not have been submitted for any other competitions. Compositions that are being used for qualifications (GCSE, A levels etc) are welcome. Below is the timetable for the 2022 competition, plan ahead and deliver on time! 

REGISTRATION
1st May 2022 -
1st June 2022


 

DELIVERY DEADLINE (SUBMISSION)
1st July 2022
 
THREE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
10th July 2022, 12pm BST

Each composer must deliver a file including: PDF of the score and an audio file of the work by the deadline stated above to the email address director@percworks.co.uk through one of the following file transfer softwares: Wetransfer, Dropbox or Googledrive. The file should be named using the following format: PercWorks-Name-Catagory, for example PercWorks-Joe Blogs-Percussion Quartet or PercWorks-Joe Blogs-Drumline.


- AGE AS OF 1ST OF JUNE 2022 -

CAT A  AGE 16-18 (school years 12-13 * **)

CAT B  AGE 14-16 (school years 10-11 * ** )

CAT C  AGE 14 & UNDER (up to school year 9* **)

*Northern Ireland - Y10 & under, Y11-12, Y13-14 
**Scotland - S2 & under, S3-4, S5-6

 

AGE CATEGORIES

Register Here!

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Thanks for registering for YPCOTY 2022!

ALL ENTRANTS
Dorico Masterclass with John Baron
Certificate of Participation



CAT A WINNER (Worth £2000+) 
Work recorded by students of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Work published by Southern Percussion
Entire range of AIR Instruments by AIR Music Tech

Dorico 4 Notation Software 
Hardcase - Fully Lined Snare Drum Case & Goody Bag
Marimba One - Mallet Bag

Marimba One - M1 Front Ensemble FEMB3 Mallets
The Miller Machine – Triangle & Finger Cymbal Machine

Category Winner Certificate

CAT A RUNNERS UP (x2)
M1 Round Sound RSB3 Mallets
Category Runner Up Certificate



CAT B  WINNER (Worth £2000+) 
Work recorded by students of the Royal College of Music
Work published by Southern Percussion
BFD Drums - BFD 3 and all expansion packs 

Dorico 4 Notation Software
Marimba One Mallet Bag
Marimba One - M1 Front Ensemble FEMB3 Mallets 
Sean Hooper P4 Timpani Sticks
Category Winner Certificate

CAT B RUNNERS UP (x2)
Marimba One - M1 Round Sound RSB3 Mallets
Category Runner Up Certificate



CAT C WINNER (Worth £1000+)
Work published by Southern Percussion
Dorico 4 Notation Software
Marimba One - Mallet Bag
Marimba One - M1 Front Ensemble FEMB3 Mallets
Sean Hooper BP4 Timpani Sticks 
Category Winner Certificate

CAT C RUNNERS UP (x2)
Marimba One - M1 Round Sound RSB3 Mallets
Category Runner Up Certificate

PRIZES

THE BRIEF

To compose an original work for either percussion quartet or Drumline which is between 3-5 minutes long. You are allowed to submit a composition for each if you wish! Below is a list of instrumentation for both ensembles. You are limited to writing for the instruments listed below! Percussion Quartet - please note, you do not need to write for all instruments listed. 

PERCUSSION QUARTET
 
Tuned Percussion
5 Oct Marimba, 4.3 Oct Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Crotales, Tubular Bells.
 
Untuned Percussion
Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Concert Toms, Bongos, Congas, Woodblocks, Bells, Tambourine, Triangle, Cymbals, Castanets, Darbuka, Djembe.

DRUMLINE

 

Marching Snare Drum (2 parts max)

Marching Bass Drum (3 parts max)

Quads -Tenor Drums (1 part max)

Marching Cymbals (2 parts max)

ENCOURAGED

Traditional Grip (Snare Drum)

Stick Tricks

Visualisations

ADJUDICATOR

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Dani Howard is a British composer and orchestrator who is quickly gaining international recognition with regular performances across Europe, the US and Asia. 2019 marks her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra (a new commission for Cheltenham Festival conducted by Elim Chan), BBC Symphony Orchestra and a return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with a new commission for the opening of their 2019-20 season conducted by Vasily Petrenko. Her debut opera with ‘The Opera Story’ premiered in 2019 “a sophisticated and incredibly beautiful piece that surely places Howard amongst the best of contemporary British opera composers” (Bachtrack). In 2018 she received her Royal Albert Hall Debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performing “Argentum” – commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Classic FM, and has had her works performed by the the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, Multi-Story Orchestra, Orchestra Vitae among others, and was composer in residence at the Suoni Dal Golfo Festival of Music and Poetry (Italy).

YPCOTY WINNER 2021

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Lewis lives in Essex and is a percussionist, drummer and jazz pianist, along with a composer and producer of original music. He attended the Purcell School and Saffron Centre for Young Musicians and will attend the Royal College of Music from September 2021. He was a finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2020 and winner of the PercWorks Young Percussion Composer of the Year in 2021. He has been twice a national finalist in the Young Drummer of the Year Competition in 2019 and 2020 and national finalist in Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT in 2018. He was also runner-up in the International Percussion Youth Competition in Belgium in 2017. Lewis has wide musical interests spanning classical, jazz, Latin and world music and is developing a varied professional music career as a performer and composer/producer.

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