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New Music for Late Starters: Orchestra Seeks Composer No. 6 (2017-18)

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.  

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017-18 commission for which composers are invited to submit an original piece by July 31st, 2017.   Four of the submitted pieces will be shortlisted by eminent composer and Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, along with members of YLSS.   All four composers shortlisted will take part in a workshop with the orchestra, have one-to-one tutorials with Judith Weir and hear their pieces played and, from these, one piece will be selected for performance in 2018.

Full details of the requirements for entry and the application form can be found here.

Phil Taylor, the winner of the 2015-16 New Music Commission.

Phil Taylor, the winner of the 2015-16 New Music Commission.


Phil Taylor, whose piece I See Faces in Everything, was performed on June 8th, 2016, at ‘Heart’ in Headingley, Leeds.



Stuart Hazelton rehearses with the orchestra.


Maintenance and Insurance of Instruments

Some advice on repair and maintenance of instruments, rehairing of bows, purchase, valuation and insurance of instruments.

YLSS Constitution

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YLSS is a registered charity, number 1088105.

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