West Midlands Platinum Jubilee Music Competition
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Welcome

Welcome to the website of the West Midlands Platinum Jubilee Music Competition 2022 (WMPJMC).
The Monarch’s Jubilees are spectacular celebrations held both nationally and across the Commonwealth
to commemorate the reign of the British Sovereign. They mark important milestones in a Sovereign’s life
and of our Country. In 2022 we will celebrate the first ever Platinum Jubilee with HM The Queen reaching
seventy years of service on the Throne.



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Introduction

West Midlands Platinum Jubilee Festival 2022 is delighted to be working with
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), B:Music, participating universities
and Amadeus Learning Partnership to create a new piece of music for this historic event.



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About The Competition

About The Competition

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We are looking for budding young composers to write a new piece of choral music, initially with piano accompaniment which will be set to a poem written especially for this occasion by Fatma Mohiuddin, Birmingham Young Poet Laureate.

Finished compositions will then be submitted to your university who will shortlist pieces to go to an expert panel chaired by the Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir CBE. Once the panel has chosen a winner, the composer will be invited to write a full orchestral accompaniment. Judith Weir will be available to mentor the winning composer as they write their orchestral arrangement.

On Saturday 4th June 2022 the piece will be world premiered at a dedicated special event inside Birmingham Symphony Hall, sung by a mass choir of school children (aged 9-16) from across the West Midlands, accompanied by the CBSO and conducted by Chorus Director Simon Halsey CBE. 

The winner will also receive an award from John Crabtree OBE, Lord-lieutenant of the West Midlands in recognition of their outstanding work. The event will receive major publicity and media coverage from news outlets within the region and beyond.

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If you are a student aged 18-25 studying for a music degree at Royal Birmignham Conservatoire, University of Wolverhampton or University of Birmingham we encourage you to look around this website to decide if you would like to be involved in this transformational opportunity.

If you need further information please get in touch with your university’s lead contact or for general enquiries please contact our project delivery partner, Amadeus Learning Partnership.  Contact details for both can be found here.

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