Norman Goffin Memorial Prize

This is an opportunity for young musicians to create an original piece of music for brass band and receive advice from prominent composers and performers. If you’re the right age for the National Youth Band and you’re a New Zealander you are eligible!

Entry details:
• Submit an original work for brass band suitable for performance by a youth band.
• The piece can be any length (up to approximately 5 minutes), and in any style.
• Entrants must be aged under 23 at the date of entry.
• Deadline for entries: 1 July 2007.
• Send full score and parts to: Norman Goffin Memorial Prize, Pelorus Trust Wellington Brass Band, PO Box 3194, Wellington

Finalists will be selected by David Bremner (principal trombone, NZSO/Musical Director of the National Secondary Schools Brass Band), Aaron Lloydd (composer and conductor), and principal players of the Pelorus Trust Wellington Youth Brass Band. All finalists’ music will be
rehearsed and recorded by the Pelorus Trust Wellington Youth Brass Band – New Zealand’s champion youth band – at a workshop in August. The workshop will be open to the public.

A judging panel of prominent New Zealand musicians will award prizes. In addition to first prize, the winning composer’s work will be performed in concert by the National Secondary Schools Brass Band.

The name of Norman Goffin is well known in brass bands both in New Zealand and throughout the world. As well as enjoying a remarkable career as a performer and conductor, Norm was both a composer and someone who worked tirelessly with young players. This competition has been created in his memory, with the aim of encouraging and supporting young composers in New Zealand, and of building contemporary repertoire for youth bands.

In conjunction with the competition a number of Norm’s unpublished works will be edited by Aaron Lloydd and made available to bands worldwide.

All entries must be received before 1 July 2007. Finalists will be announced at the New Zealand Brass Band Championships 4-8 July 2007.