Purcell students, ​Juliana Niu and Chelsea Becker, have won the Lower Junior Category (12-14 years) of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition.

Juliana and Chelsea joined three other winners, each representing a different age category, in the culmination of the BBC Proms’ Inspire scheme.

The scheme aims to provide the nation’s brightest young composers, aged 12-18 years old, with the opportunity to expand their musical horizons and experience a little of what it means to be a composer in the 21st century.

The Proms Extra: Inspire Concert took place at the BBC Broadcasting House on 14th August 2017. The event saw the Aurora Orchestra, under the baton of Nicolas Collon, perform the five winning pieces from this year’s competition.

The Purcell School has enjoyed a strong presence in the competition, with previous winners including Sophie Sparkes, Joo-Yeon Sir, Carson Becke, Daisy Chute and Alissa Firsova. Our very first winner, when the BBC competition was created in 1998 was Toby Ross aged 11, with his piece ‘Carnival of the Insects!’.