The Commonwealth International Composition Award Final 2019

We are delighted to announce 10 shortlisted young composers from the FLYERS category of the Commonwealth International Composition Award . They have been carefully selected by our distinguished adjudicators, Barbara Law, Orphy Robinson and Duncan Chapman.     There was a large number of entries from around the world and some excellent pieces of music written by school-age composers.      

Click HERE to read the Press Release!  

Click here to see our 2019 Finalists  

We have also chosen three highly promising young composers from the STARTERS category, who will hear their pieces performed in different events.      

The 10 shortlisted composers were given an online compositional ‘mentor’ to help them write a short piece of music for the Grand Final, which was at The Princess Alexandra Hall, Royal Over-Seas League on January 14th 2020. The pieces were performed in front of a highly distinguished audience by brilliant professional musicians. The event was live-streamed around the world.        

The Commonwealth International Composition Award 2019

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2019 Commonwealth International Composition Award is Xiaole Zhan from New Zealand, for her highly original piece

……speech having its way again, I gave a cry…..

Adjudicators Judith Robinson, Duncan Chapman, Bushra El-Turk, Barbara Law and Orphy Robinson were deeply impressed by Xiaole’s work

Xiaole herself says:

“ I’m always in awe of the power of music. Consider this, here we all are, strangers from all over the world brought together as a community by music. 

I feel so honoured to be among this community of inspiring young composers and musicians. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels incredibly encouraged by this award. It’s not always easy sharing oneself through a medium like music which demands absolute transparency. This award has made me feel braver in sharing these shards of myself. In fact, the word ‘courage’ is in the word ‘encourage’. Thank you, sincerely, for this opportunity, and may we all continue to courageously forge global communities through sharing our music”.

xiaole piano

Xiaole has won some excellent prizes, including a cash prize and fully-funded composition lessons with a tutor of her choice.

She will be offered a new commission for the celebrated young concert pianist and winner of the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Martin James Bartlett.

The Commonwealth Resounds, the ABRSM and the Purcell School hope that New Zealand’s cultural organisations will help us to give Xiaole plenty of publicity and accolades for this really outstanding achievement.

Other  2019 Award Winners

Aliyah Ramatally from Trinidad and Tobago – Winner of The Audience Vote for her composition ‘Mundo Nuevo’ 

Isaiah Hui Zhou Rong  from Singapore – The Dorico Award for Innovation

Please let us know if you would like any more information about Xiaole or the Commonwealth International Composition Award 

Alison Cox OBE, Founder and Chair of Trustees, The Commonwealth Resounds

Publicity and Marketing – Jane Hunt –

Philip Dutton – Composition Award Manager

Sam Buttler – CICA Support Manager