Composition Competition

Fesitval Fresco is running a Composition Competition! There will be two categories: Under 18 and 18 & Over, and the winning composer from each category will have their piece performed by the Alegria Trio (pictured right) in our Finale concert on Sunday 28th June at St Anns Church, Manchester. 

The Brief


Under 18

18 & Over



Piano trio (violin, piano, cello)

No electronics



Up to 5 minutes.


One winner from each category will be selected to have their piece premiered by the Alegría Piano Trio during the next iteration of our festival.



1st March 2021

Submission guidelines

Please send an anonymous score in pdf format to thefestivalfresco@gmail.com with the subject heading “Composition Competition”, stating clearly in your email which category you would like to enter. A MIDI realisation of your piece may be included, but is not necessary. The piece must not have been performed before.

The Judges

Natasha Sofla

Natasha Sofla (pictured below) is a Bristol-based composer with a BMus from the University of Birmingham, and an MA in Composition for Film and Television from the University of Bristol. Her music spans a variety of genres, from contemporary classical to electroacoustic to film music, and she is particularly interested in cross-platform and immersive art. Natasha’s recent commissions include works for the City of Bristol Choir and the Bristol Ensemble, and the French contemporary music festival Turbulences Sonores. In addition, her music has been featured in concerts by Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), Collective31, and Bristol University Loudspeaker Orchestra (BULO). Natasha is currently working on an electroacoustic commission for Collective31 based on Bach’s St Matthew Passion, as well as a video game and short film. Her works have been performed across the UK and Europe. Natasha is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Festival Fresco, and wishes to provide a platform for young and emerging musicians, with a particular focus on innovation and inclusivity in contemporary music.

Alegría Piano Trio

The Alegría Piano Trio (pictured above) was formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015. Since then they have performed in many recitals across the country and were also finalists of the prestigious RNCM Hirsch Competition. They have performed a variety of works ranging from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert to Piazzolla and Rachmaninoff. 


Imy Luc (piano) – Imy is a masters student at the RNCM studying with Dina Parakhina and enjoys playing chamber music and teaching, having founded the company Didsbury Piano Tuition. 

Vanessa White (Violin) – Vanessa is a graduate of the RNCM having studied with Czech violinist Pavel Fischer and is now enjoying a career freelancing between the UK and Europe. 


Elizabeth Elliott (cello) – Elizabeth is a final year masters student at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Felix Schmidt. She is a member of the Wondering Fiddlers, who perform internationally.

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