Giving our students creative opportunities in composition is very important to the association and so the MMA is pleased to continue the composition competition for 2017.

Senior Category: For pupils in year 10 and above

Brief: Pupils in year 10 upwards are invited to compose a piece for up to a 4 member chamber ensemble with a pupil set brief, lasting at least 2 minutes in duration. The instrumentation maybe any combination of: Piano, Xylophone, Violin and Cello.

Guidance: Pupils should investigate the characteristics of instruments, instrumental ensembles and instrumental forms to demonstrate understanding of musical conventions in relation to their chosen genre, style or tradition. They should demonstrate their ability to create and develop musical ideas and structures coherently, relating these to their brief and work to sustain a piece with a varied and creative musical outcome. They may work in any style, subject to their brief.

Junior Category: For pupils in years 7 – 9

Brief: to compose a popular song based on a given topic. The topic for 2017 is the Refugee Crisis. Children must write the text and music themselves, and may make use of music technology such as GarageBand to help them. They may work in a group of up to 4 children.

Timetable for the MMA Composition Prize 2017

Deadline: 18th January 2017
Completed entries for both categories must be received by 18th January 2017. Send entries to the MMA President, (For large audio files please use and the same email address.)
Shortlist announced (top 3 in both categories): 27th January.

Workshop day: 10th February 2017
Top 3 composers from each category will be invited to a workshop of their pieces (along with others in that school who are most welcome). This will take place on Friday 10th February at City of London School for Girls. See our INSET timetable for more details.

The Senior and Junior Winners announced: 10th February 2017

Winner 2017

1st place: Daniel Harding
Wells cathedral School
2nd place: Will Harmer
The Perse School
3rd place: Shane Thomas
St George’s College
4th place: Lauren Marshall
Purcell School

MMA Composition Competition & Composition Workshop 2017

Hosted by City of London School for Girls, the second year of the Composition Competition and workshop was a great success. This year, with guests Jonathan Willcocks and Edmund Joliffe, the workshop provided an excellent platform for students and the opportunity to announce the 2017 winners. The competition first prize is £200 and an invitation to compose an orchestral piece for the NSSO to workshop during their summer course in Malvern.

Entry Form 2017

Download an entry form here

Winner 2016

First Place: Sam Rudd-Jones Stamford School

Download the composition here

Senior Prizes:

1st: £200 and an invitation to compose an orchestral piece for the NSSO to workshop during their summer course in Malvern, further details of which will be available from February 2017.

2nd – £150
3rd – £100

Junior Prizes:

1st – £75
2nd £50
3rd – £25