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New Music for Late Starters: Orchestra Seeks Composer No. 7 (2019-20)

…and the winner is…

After an inspiring and challenging day playing the four shortlisted pieces with the composers present, conducted by Stuart Hazelton, YLSS has now chosen a winner. We’re pleased to announce that Jasmine Simons has won the 2019-20 competition with her piece Fantasia for string orchestra.

We are extremely grateful to composer Howard Skempton who has advised us throughout this competition, offering his expertise generously and enthusiastically to each of the finalists and to the Selection Panel. The Panel was unanimous that this is the one for us – a challenge that we can rise to, that will produce a piece with ‘real magic’, in Howard Skempton’s words! This is a truly original piece, written for YLSS. We are now looking forward to working with Jasmine, developing and rehearsing her piece ready for its premiere next July.

Jasmine Simons ia a composer, clarinettist and educator, originally from Leeds and now based in Greater Manchester.  She studied for her MusB and her MusM in Instrumental Composition at the University of Manchester, under the supervision of Dr Richard Whalley and Dr Camden Reeves. She is particularly interested in the application of composition within music education to encourage more young people to make their own music.

Jasmine Simons

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, rehearsals and the premiere of Jasmine’s piece have had to be postponed.  We hope these can be resumed as soon as possible.  Please watch the website for further news.

YLSS’s competition for new music is a series of biennial competitions through which we seek to engage with emerging or established composers interested in creating a 10-15 minute piece of high musical quality.  The £500 prize will not make its winner rich, but offers an opportunity to work with an enthusiastic orchestra and a renowned composer.

If you are interested in learning about how you can support this initiative, please click here.  


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