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The BBC Proms Inspire Competition, now in its 8th year, provides a wonderful opportunity for young composers to hear their compositions performed by a complete orchestra and receive mentoring from notable composers.

The 2017 competition was judged by Fraser Trainer, Kerry Andrew, Charlotte Bray, Hannah Kendall, Gabriel Prokofiev, Tansy Davies and, the Director of the BBC Proms, David Pickard. The judges selected two winners in three age categories. Year 9 pupil, Chelsea Becker was named a winner of the Lower Junior Category (12-14 years) with her piece, New York. 

Chelsea Becker is a first study composer here at The Purcell School, studying under Simon Speare and Carson Becke.

Past Purcell winners of this competition include Lucinda Rimmer in 2013 and Nathaniel Coxon and Anna Disley-Simpson (Senior Category) in 2014.

BBC Proms Inspire Day will take place on 14th August, bringing together over one hundred composers in a day of workshops and will conclude with the winners’ concert, the BBC Proms Extra: Inspire Concert. Chelsea’s piece New York will be performed by the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon alongside the other winning compositions at the BBC Radio Theatre and which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

For information about the Prom Extra: Inspire Concert and how to obtain tickets please click here