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Liverpool Phil launches 2023 Rushworth Composition Prize

LIVERPOOL Philharmonic is accepting applications for the 2023 Rushworth Composition Prize, in association with the Rushworth Foundation.  

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Rushworth Composition Prize provides a range of talent development opportunities for an early-career composer aged over 18 who writes original music. Notably, the prize has no upper age limit for applicants.  

The winner will be awarded £1,000 to write a new work for Ensemble 10:10 (Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music ensemble) which will be performed in Autumn 2024.   

The prize offers an early- career composer the opportunity to build a long-term collaborative and creative relationship with Liverpool Philharmonic, which supports composers during the commission period and beyond. The winner receives tailored support and resources from across the music profession.

They will take part in a programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions from composers, performers, conductors and other industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic. 

Previous prize winners have had further opportunities to produce additional new works and commissions for Liverpool Philharmonic ensembles.  

Entry Criteria  
To enter, applicants should be able to demonstrate that they are: 

  • At an early stage of their career as a composer 
  • Be at least 18 years old on 1 October 2023 (there is no upper age limit for applicants) 
  • Currently live, work, or have been born in the North West of England (Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria), or be a registered student at a Northwest-based Higher Education institution.  
  • There are no minimum qualification requirements for applicants. 

How to apply  

To be considered, applicants must submit a supporting statement, a CV including a list of works and, audio recordings and scores of two examples of original works. Submission statement can also be made via video.   

Applications for the Rushworth Composition Prize close at 11.59 pm on Wednesday 7 June 2023. For more information, visit  

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