Top prizes in national iCompose competition

Children and adults from across Scotland will have their music recorded by professional musicians in a new national composition competition.

iCompose, the collaborative project between the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Drake Music Scotland, gives adults, teachers and pupils of any age the chance to compose music inspired by the National Galleries of Scotland Online Collection. The winning entries will be recorded and each participating school will receive 25% off a range of Roland and Boss keyboards and synthesizers.

The project uses the Finnish revolutionary music notation system Figurenotes©, which helps participants read music, play an instrument and compose. The winning compositions will be recorded by Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians in Glasgow City Halls, with award-winning Linn Records recording the sessions.

The competition is split into six categories, including four different levels for schools, which directly tie in with the new Curriculum for Excellence, and two for adults. The schools’ categories include Winter and Weather and Space and Time, with artists such as Degas and Raeburn providing the inspiration.

Following its official launch in September, the project now has a dedicated website, giving full information about the competition, which runs until June 2010.

The closing date for entries is Friday 30 April 2010 and the winning compositions will be recorded in the acclaimed acoustic of Glasgow City Halls by Linn Records. Four prizes in each category will be presented at a special ceremony in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh in June 2010.


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