Dyfed Young Composers

The Young Composer concert 2023 featured works by 15 of the 70 young composers that had submitted pieces. The pieces were performed by a String Trio 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 2023-24 our Resident Composer will be Lynne Plowman and our Ensemble in Residence will be a Quartet of piano, clarinet, violin and cello. drawn from the musicians of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcnow).    We are delighted to have this partnership with the BBC.


Presentations to Schools

Presentations to schools will take place with Lynne Plowman sharing compositional possibilities, and the BBC instrumentalists demonstrating their instruments and how to write for them.

        Wednesday September 27 at Aberaeron Secondary School. 10.30-12.00

·       Thursday September 28 at Haverfordwest High School. 10.30-12.00

·       Friday September 29 at Neuadd y Gwendraeth Drefach (not Maes y Gwendraeth School). 10.30-12.00


After the presentation, Lynne Plowman will visit all participating schools/colleges twice during the Autumn Term to work with students and their teachers – she will visit once before half term and once after. Then in the Spring Term there will be one-to-one tutorials with Lynne – see below for details.  All the works submitted will be workshopped and recorded by the BBC in Cardiff with the composers taking part online, and all those recordings will be made available for the composers to use for private purposes and exam submissions.


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 2024.

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 8 December 2023.




You are eligible to submit a composition for 2023-24 if:

  • You are under the age of 23yrs on 1 September 2023
  • You are in full time education or have a permanent residential address in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire



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

 Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for submissions is Friday 9 February 2024.