Carmel Smickersgill wins Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

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Liverpool Philharmonic has announced Carmel Smickersgill as the winner of its annual Christopher Brooks Composition Prize in association with The Rushworth Foundation and Lancashire Sinfonietta Legacy Fund.

As well as support in developing her work, the 22-year-old composer wins a cash prize of £1,000 and a year’s complimentary membership of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA).

About Carmel Smickersgill

Based in Manchester, Carmel Smickersgill has recently finished an undergraduate degree in composition with Gary Carpenter at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

As well as having her music performed on Radio 3, she has been commissioned by Brighter Sound and has previously written for ensembles and performers such as Psappha, No Dice and CoMA.

As a performer, Carmel has directed her own ensemble, Smudge, and been part of a collaboration between visual artist, Liam Gillick, and the band, New Order. She has previously been awarded the Terence Greaves Prize for big band composition as well as the Edward Hecht Prize for composition.

The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize provides Carmel Smickersgill with an opportunity to develop her talent over the coming year, culminating in her writing a new work for performance by Liverpool Philharmonic’s new music group, Ensemble 10/10, which will be premiered in Autumn 2019.

Carmel will be supported with a bespoke programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions from resident and visiting musicians, conductors, composers, performers and other industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic.

Liverpool Phil’s programme for children and young people

Carmel will also develop her composition and teaching practice through access to Liverpool Philharmonic’s programme for children and young people, including:

Carmel Smickersgill said:

‘I’m thrilled to be the recipient of the Christopher Brooks prize this year.

‘It’s such a privilege to have the chance to work with such an inventive group of world-class musicians as well as being able to see, first hand, the inner workings of an ensemble such as the Liverpool Philharmonic.’


Header photo: Carmel Smickersgill © Elspeth Moore

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