Soundtrack to Leicestershire
Composition Competition

Win a Masterclass with the current Doctor Who composer Segun Akinola!

Leicestershire has long been a place of great musical creativity. To celebrate this heritage, Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have teamed up with celebrated composer Segun Akinola to launch a composition competition for 12 to 18 year olds from across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Please see the video to the right for a message from Segun


The brief is simple: Create a soundtrack for a short film of Leicestershire.

Watch the video - to the right - or download the video here.

The soundtrack can be in any style or genre, and use any sounds or instruments you like. This could include live instruments, virtual plug-ins, noise, voice, beats, lyrics, found sounds or whatever else you're inspired by!

The Prize:

  • The top 3 entries will win a two-hour online masterclass with internationally-renowned tv and film composer Segun Akinola
  • The top 5 entries will win a copy of cutting edge Dorico Pro software (worth £480)
  • Winners will have their soundtrack streamed by Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service.

Rules:

  • You must be aged between 12 and 18 on Monday 1st June 2020
  • You must live in Leicestershire
  • You cannot use any copyrighted material to compose your track
  • Entries will be judged by our composer-adjudicator Segun Akinola. Adjudicator's decision is final.
  • Closing date for entries: Midday on Monday 6th July.

How to enter:

  • Compose a piece of music as the soundtrack to this film of Leicestershire.
  • Submit your entry plus the consent form from your parent/carer via our dropbox link.

You can also share your work with us on social media - tweet your entry including @leicsmusichub and @rbclearning and #SoundtrackToLeicestershire

The film used in this competition has been put together by Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service and features images / footage submitted as part of the CV19 Isolated but Inspired project run by the LCC Heritage Team - Community Curators.

Acceptable formats for composition

Acceptable formats for composition:

Preferred format:

  • Video file (.mp4, .mov) including original video plus your soundtrack

This is preferred as it will be synced up to the video

Alternative format:

  • Mp3 file of live performance
  • Mp3 file if you are creating your soundtrack on a DAW (e.g. garageband or logic)
  • Mp3 audio file of Sibelius/Dorico score

Make sure you export your files from the start of the video so that we can easily synchronise the timings for judging – otherwise what we see and hear might not match up the way you want!

Competition tips from Segun Akinola

Here are some tips from our competition judge, Segun Akinola

Many thanks to Segun for these tips!

Entry requirements

A parent/carer must fill in the consent form and send it at the same time as your submission

The video/audio files are likely to be large so the easiest way to send your submission is by uploading it to dropbox along with the consent form. Use 'surname_firstname' to name your file so that we can match it to your consent form.

Need help?

Need help?

If you have any questions about the competition or need some assistance, email conlearning@bcu.ac.uk and we will endeavour to help you.

Other helpful information

Software

Here is a list of available FREE software you might want to use:


Dorico

Many of you will be used to using Sibelius at school/college. Dorico is a similar sort of programme, and is increasingly being used by the top composers in the business – in fact Segun uses it for his work. We've teamed up with the fantastic developers at Dorico and they are kindly providing free 90-day licenses for any young person who needs software to take part in the competition. Not only this, but they are offering a free online tutorial to get you started – register your interest by emailing us at conlearning@bcu.ac.uk

Check out Dorico here: www.dorico.com

Discover more here:

Segun Akinola: www.segunakinola.com

Dorico: www.dorico.com

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire: www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire

Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service: www.leicestershuremusichub.org

Partners

  • Arts
    Music Service
    Music And Culture
    LCC
    LCC 2
  • Viva
    Philharmonia
    Darbar
  • Soft Touch Arts
    Bullfrog
    Awards for Young Musicians
    Orchestras Live
    Pedestrian
  • SoundLincs
    Transformance Music
    Spark Childrens Festival
    Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
    National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
  • The Mighty Creatives
    MEHEM
    Leicester Cathedral
    Leicester International Music Festival

Partners

  • Arts
  • Music Service
  • Music And Culture
  • LCC
  • LCC 2
  • Viva
  • Philharmonia
  • Darbar
  • Soft Touch Arts
  • Bullfrog
  • Awards for Young Musicians
  • Orchestras Live
  • Pedestrian
  • SoundLincs
  • Transformance Music
  • Spark Childrens Festival
  • Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain