New Music Stage 2018

New Music Stage, National Festival, Birmingham

July 2018

New Music Stage


Do you create and enjoy new, original music?

Get your music heard on the New Music Stage at the Music for Youth National Festival.  

Do you create and enjoy new, original music? Do you want to hear your music showcased at Music for Youth’s National Festival in Birmingham in July? If so, we want to hear from you!

Applications for New Music Stage 2019 will open soon.

Music for Youth and Sound and Music celebrated the creation of new music by some of the best, most diverse and talented young musicians from across the UK at MFY’s National Festival in July 2018. We took on the search for six new compositions, varying in musical style and written for a range of performing groups, to be performed live on the New Music Stage. Those whose pieces were selected to be performed at the National Festival, also benefit from expert advice from professional musicians, composers and music educators.

New, original music selected to be performed at the National Festival 2018


Penelope Tollervey

Piece: Dorian Jazz


Fighter of The Nightman

Piece: Gun Reader, My Low


Jack Robinson

Piece: Loud Simplicity, Quiet Complexity


Rhiannon Davies

Piece: Familiar Faces



Piece: I don’t know why I tried so hard…


Joshua Quinlan

Piece: Songs of Stone


Rap Club

Pieces: Never Got Over Losing You, Verbalists


New Music Stage Panellists

Katie Chatburn

Soweto Kinch

Damien Harron

Jo Thomas

Judith Robinson

Music for Youth’s New Music Stage 2018 was produced in partnership with Sound and Music.

New Music Stage 2018

We want to hear from any musician, aged between 12 and 21, who creates original, new music; this can range from song-writing for an indie band to using unique software and hardware for music creation, such as Ableton, to composing for a symphony orchestra. All submissions must have been composed after January 2017.

Music for Youth and Sound and Music encourage submissions from schools, organisations working with young composers, and individual composers. We also welcome applications from electronic musicians and composers using digital audio technology.

New Music Stage provides a public performance opportunity, so in addition to submitting a new work, you need to know who will perform your new music and/or how you will realise your work. Performers should also be aged between 12 and 21. They could be friends, a group from your school or local organisation, or an independent group you’ve worked with before.

Applications close at 12pm on Monday 9 April 2018. Music for Youth will contact all programmed applicants by the end of April 2018.

What are we looking for?
• New, original music
• Any form of creative expression through sound
• Music that spans any genre or style
• Any line-up of musicians with two or more performers
• Submissions should be a maximum of 10 minutes long
• Short submissions are equally welcome

Previous entries have included
• Music for voice (vocal groups; small/large choirs)
• Instrumental music (small/large groups, amplified and/or acoustic)
• Mixed groups (any combinations)
• Electronic performances with a live element
• Songwriter/bands

Please include the following in your application:

• A video of a performance of the piece (YouTube or Vimeo link)
• A lead sheet/chord chart/score/musical map of your piece as appropriate

What happens next?
After the closing date, a group of professional composers and artists will review all the submissions received on behalf of Music for Youth and Sound and Music. They will choose six works to be performed across Music for Youth’s National Festival 2018 and will be programmed as part of the main festival programme. Performance stages include Symphony Hall, Town Hall and the CBSO Centre.

As well as the opportunity to have your work showcased at Music for Youth’s National Festival, one of the composers, or creators, will receive the Sound and Music New Music Partnership as part of MFY Connects, leading to further bespoke artistic development opportunities. The recipient of this award, announced in September 2018, will receive a bespoke package of support from Sound and Music, and may have further performance opportunities for their showcase work.

Please note that you must have confirmed your group’s availability to perform at the National Festival in July 2018 before making this application.