Enter Breathing World 2022

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) thanks you for your interest in taking part in our youth composer competition Breathing World. This competition is designed as a way to use nature as the source of inspiration for a piece of music which celebrates the natural world and wildlife or that highlights some of the most pressing environmental issues.

Entries for the Breathing World 2022 competition are open to UK residents aged 12 to 18 years from Thursday 9th September 2021 until 5pm (UK time) on Thursday 11th November 2021. The winning composer, selected by a panel of judges, will be announced on the 11th January 2022. The winner will get the opportunity to work with an expert team of musicians including the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Laura Wright, to develop and finalise the piece before it is premiered in London in March 2022. A recording of the piece will be available post event for the composer, for DSWF and for relevant Partners of the competition to use for promotional purposes.

Entries must be submitted digitally via the application form below with audio files and/or scores sent via a file sharing site such as WeTransfer, GoogleDrive or Dropbox to events@davidshepherd.org. Audio files must be no more than 5 minutes in length and should be uploaded as a digitally compressed audio file ie; as an MP3. Do not submit large .wav or .aif files but ensure your file is of a decent bit rate (ideally 160 kbps or 192 kbps). Scores should be submitted as one single file and not as multiple pages ie; collate multiple pages of your score into one file.

Please name your file/s with your surname followed by the title of the audio recording. We do not recommend using “Breathing World” in the title as it might get lost. Audio files must be no longer than 5 minutes. Please read the Breathing World terms and conditions before submitting your entry. Please do not send your entry form, audio files or scores to the DSWF offices.

Breathing World Application Form
Composer's Age
I confirm contact is over 18
Maximum upload size: 1MB
I confirm composer above is the sole author and owner of the copyright of each Work entered (music and lyrics)
I have read and agree to the terms and conditions of the Breathing World competition
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Please click here to discover how the Breathing World youth composer competition came about. We wish all entrants the very best of luck in this exciting competition and looking forward to seeing your application. Should you have any queries not covered in the FAQ’s page, please email events@davidshepherd.org.