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BBC Proms Young Composers winners 2017 revealed

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Sarah Frances Jenkins, Rebecca Farthing and Will Harmer are among the winners of the BBC Proms 2017 Inspire Young Composers competition.

They are joined by Chelsea Becker and Juliana Niu, and a further nine highly commended entrants.

Now in its 19th year, the BBC Proms Inspire scheme offers a platform to budding composers aged 12 to 18 to develop their skills, share ideas with like-minded musicians and get their music heard.

This scheme also offers opportunities and events year-round to encourage and support them, including invitations to partake in Inspire Sessions led by leading composers and industry professionals who provide an insight into different aspects of music-making.

This year’s competition winners will see their compositions performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. They will also receive a BBC commission.

The 2017 judging panel comprised of composers Fraser Trainer, Kerry Andrew, Charlotte Bray, Hannah Kendall, Gabriel Prokofiev, Tansy Davies and BBC Proms director David Pickard.

Previous BBC Proms Inspire winners include established and emerging composers such as Mark Simpson whose new work The Immortal receives its London premiere at The Proms on 27 July.

Pickard said: I continue to be amazed by the level of talent coming out of the Inspire scheme, 19 years since it was founded.

‘It is hugely important to me that the BBC Proms shines a light on new musical talent and Inspire offers an unrivalled platform to young composers to develop their skills and get their music heard. These young composers are the future of the BBC Proms, and we will continue to nurture them and place them at the heart of our festival.’

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