Competition for Women Composers


Brixworth Music Festival has always been committed to promoting works by female composers and ensuring they are included in concerts across the festival week. In 2018 we went further and launched an International Competition for Women Composers.


Joint Festival Director and composer, Vivienne Olive, says: 


"It is important to realise that, while a lot has been achieved since the 1970s, which saw the establishment of many societies throughout the world dedicated to the cause of women composers, it would be dangerous to be complacent and believe that women composers are now on an equal footing with their male counterparts.“


"This is blatantly not the case, a fact which becomes apparent when looking at the programmes of major festivals and publishing catalogues. It is also important to draw attention to the hundreds of women composers of the past, going back to the middle ages, many of whom – up until the mid 20th century - were prevented, even forbidden, by society from pursuing a career as a composer."


The competition winner is chosen by the Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir, from a shortlist of works drawn up by jury members from the Festival Committee.

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