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Philip McKenna Young Composer Award

The Dulwich Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composer Award is for GCSE and A Level students to give them the opportunity of a live performance and a prize. The award is dedicated to the memory of Philip McKenna, who played with the orchestra for 24 years until his death in 2009.

Entries are invited for 2015.
  • the competition is open to GCSE and A-level students aged 19 and under who are attending schools and colleges of further education within a 10 mile radius of Dulwich Library SE22
  • One composition can be entered per student
  • Pieces should be scored for at least 5 orchestral instruments and last no more than 5 minutes.
  • The composition should be presented with a readable score and audio presentation .
  • The judges are the composer John Holland and DSO's conductor Leigh O'Hara.
  • Entries and further information: yca@dulwichsymphonyorchestra.org.uk

CLOSING DATE: 30th April 2015

Prizes: £100 for the winner. £50 for each of 2 runners up.

In addition, the winner will have their composition played by Dulwich Symphony Orchestra.


Past winners

2012 Zoe Ibbeston.

2011 Peter Lam. Toys Alive MP3 download

2010 Maria Neil-Smith Jigsaw of Life Download the score

2009 Leo Geyer. The night watchman Download the score and MP3.


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