The Sibelius Student Composer of the Year Competition, now in its second year, has been expanded to three genres, including film, classicalcontemporary and jazz.
For the film category, pupils should compose music for a one-minute film clip. For the other categories, students should compose a one to four-minute piece for up to eight players.
The competition, run by Sibelius, the music notation software firm, is open to 10 to 18-year-olds. Prizes include a live performance of the winning compositions and masterclasses with leading composers and musicians, plus cash and Sibelius software.
The judging panel will feature well-known figures in the world of composition, including music ambassador Howard Goodall and Daio Marianelli, who wrote the score for the film Atonement.
Entries can be created using any music software brand. The deadline is October 31.