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Young People's Composition Contest 2007
Amsterdam, Tue, 20. Jun 2006This year again NBE and VARA are organizing a composition contest for young people, leading to a performance at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 1 January 2007. This year's theme is 'Paradise'.

This year again broadcasting company VARA and the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble are organizing a composition contest for people under 18. We ask them to write a piece of music for their own instrument, for string quartet, for brass band, no matter what, as long as it is original. Classical music, pop, jazz, a song or a ready-made composition for brass band - everything is welcome, provided you made it up yourself.

This year's theme is 'Paradise'. How do you imagine Paradise? Always nice weather, no one hungry, no war and everybody healthy? Nice people everywhwere, strange birds, beautiful music, or everything peaceful and silent, with waving trees and lazy rivers? Or is Paradise nonsense, a sop, a mere eyewash? Does Paradise exist somewhere on earth?

By way of preliminaries twelve of the boys and girls who enter the contest are selected for the finale on Sunday December 17th 2006 at Music Centre Vredenburg in Utrecht. Four winners will have the honour to perform their own composition during the famous NBE New Year's concert, that party of organised chaos celebrated yearly on January 1st at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The concert will be broadcasted live by TV (Ned. 3), Radio 4 and internet.

Compositions (on cassette, CD and as mp3 or any other audio file, and if possible written out) may be submitted up to October 15th inclusive. For more information see www.paradijs.vara.nl.

'Setting out for New Year's Concert 2007' is organized by the NBE and the VARA in cooperation with Music Centre Vredenburg and 'Kunstbende'.

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