​​​​​​​International  Competition for Women Composers 2019

Entrants were asked to write a piece for piano quintet, lasting 6-10 minutes, the winning piece to be performed in the historic All Saints Church in Brixworth on 17th May by the Tedesca Quartet and Charles Matthews (piano).

On the panel were Festival Directors, Vivienne Olive and Gwion Thomas, the conductor of the Brixworth Festival Orchestra, Peter Dunkley, pianist, Oksana King, and the first violinist of the Tedesca String Quartet, Nic Fallowfield, working together with other musicians from the festival committee. The final judge of the shortlist was Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir. Entries were received from England, Scotland, Wales, USA and China.

First prize went to Rosalie Coopman (England) for her atmospheric piece, “A Winter Collage”. An Honourable Mention was awarded to the Chinese composer, Xiaoxuan Wang.


For Rosalie Coopman, who lives in London, the news of her win was particularly exciting, coming as it does in her 87th year. Ms Coopman has had a career as a composer of film music, specialising later in life in chamber music. On receiving the news, Rosalie Coopman wrote back:

“I am ecstatic! what wonderful news, I am truly honoured.”

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For Xiaoxuan Wang it was the second time she had entered the Brixworth Music Festival Competition. She wrote back:

“This is really exciting news. Thank the experts for their recognition.”

Brixworth has held an annual Music Festival since 2014 and is gradually gaining a reputation for the high standard of the its concerts.  
The festival organisers introduced the International Competition for Women Composers two years ago and hope it will become an integral part of future festivals. Artistic directors, Vivienne Olive and Gwion Thomas express their gratitude to the competition sponsors who wish to remain anonymous, but who fund the competition prize and facilitate the performance of the new work. One of the aims of the festival is to raise the profile of women composers and to ensure their works are performed throughout the ten days of the Brixworth Music Festival.​