The Commonwealth Composition Challenge is a special project launched at the beginning of the lockdown in March/April 2020. The aim of the project is to offer online opportunities to school-aged musicians and composers all over the Commonwealth who have been stuck at home during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Many young people around the world were unable to communicate effectively with their own schools during the lockdown, and so this project has provided, in the words of a parent, ‘a wonderful, unexpected lifeline for them to continue their music education’.

Young people were invited to compose and submit a piece of music which reflected in some way their own feelings and experiences during this unusual time. We received more than 70 entries from a wide range of different Commonwealth countries.

To help support inexperienced young people further, we organised a series of one-day training workshops called ‘Go Compose Online’, during which school-aged composers worked online for a day with professional tutors and instrumentalists, who helped them to write and record their pieces. To date, we have managed to fund seven Go Compose workshops for over 80 young composers, at the same time creating badly-needed employment for the professional musicians involved.

Awards ceremony

An Online Awards Ceremony will be on Friday 30 October 2.00pm BST hosted on The Commonwealth Resounds YouTube channel.

The awards

There are three awards:

  • The Audience Vote: £250
  • The Young Adjudicators’ Vote: £250
  • The Commonwealth Composition Challenge Prizewinner Award: £500 and a commission to compose a piece for a professional ensemble and/or a special event

Audience vote

Listen and vote here

The Audience Vote closes at 10pm BST on Monday 26 October 2020.