Dyfed Young Composers

The Young Composer concert featured works by twelve of the 42 young composers that had submitted pieces. The pieces were performed by a wind quintet from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  


This is a project we run on an annual basis between September – March/April.

Each year we appoint an Ensemble in Residence and invite young people under the age of 23yrs to write a piece for the group.

For 2021-22 our Resident Composer will be Lynne Plowman and our Ensemble in Residence will be a Wind Quintet drawn from the musicians of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcnow).    We are delighted to have this new partnership with the BBC.

Here is a brief outline of our Autumn Term programme – one that takes full account of the current circumstances with COVID-19.

  • The term will begin with a digital presentation that will be made available to all schools/colleges to view during the first two weeks of the Autumn Term. It will include brief presentations from each player, together with performances of a wind quintet by our composer in residence Lynne Plowman, and a newly commissioned piece by former Young Composer of Dyfed Sarah Lianne Lewis, who is now Composer Affiliate with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. A summary of the information shared in this opening presentation will be made available to all students via our website.
  • Lynne Plowman will contact all participating schools/colleges at the start of the Autumn Term to arrange an initial Zoom meeting with teachers and their participating students before the end of September. In this interactive session Lynne will share further ideas, play additional extracts, and answer any questions. This session will focus on those students who intend seeing the whole process through from beginning to end.
  • Lynne will also arrange a second visit during October/November. This could again be done via Zoom or through a visit to the school/college. This will be decided through discussion and agreement between Lynne and each individual school/college.

At the beginning of December, we will be meeting with BBC NoW to review how the first term has gone, and to plan ahead for the delivery of the Spring Term elements of our programme – namely the one-to-one tutorials with Lynne, the school showcase events where all compositions submitted are performed and recorded, and the final celebration concert.

School Showcases and Public Performance

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 16 February 2022

Individual Tutorials

Anyone interested in submitting a composition  can apply for an individual tutorial with Lynne to discuss and refine their piece in detail. These will take place during January – February 2022.

If you would like to apply for a tutorial please download the application form below and submit it by post or email to ymmdyfed@gmail.com

The deadline for applications for a tutorial is Friday 10 December 2021.

School Showcases and Public Performance

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 16 February 2022

You are eligible to submit a composition for 2021-22 if:

  • You are under the age of 23yrs on 1 September 2021
  • You are in full time education or have a permanent residential address in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshi

Deadline for Submissions

Compositions can be submitted in a number of ways and there is advice on the Resources pages of the website.

Our preferred format is:

  • Sibelius file with full score and parts
  • PDF of the file with full score and parts
  • Hard copy with full score and parts.

Copies of the full score and each individual part, marked with the name of the composer along with the submission form should be sent by post or email to Helen McNabb

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 16 February 2022.