iCompose Winners’ Ceremony

The Winners’ Ceremony of the iCompose competition 2012 took place on Friday 18th May in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians performed the winning pieces in the beautiful setting of the Ramsey Room.


We are very proud to say that three of the seven pieces performed were written using Figurenotes.  The runner up in the Schools Category entered because his mother had attended a lecture about Figurenotes at Strathclyde University delivered by our Artistic Director, Pete Sparkes. She was immediately interested in the notation and visited the iCompose website. Using the simple guidelines her son, George, was able to write his piece ‘Lost’ in Figurenotes.


“It seemed to me that it was a system which opened up the possibilities of musical composition to anybody, even those who have already decided they “can’t do music”. I’ve seen it in action (all too briefly), and the delight on the faces of my fellow students as they came up with their own tunes and shared them with others was a joy to behold. This opportunity should definitely be afforded to as many people as it is possible to reach!” Lindsay Swann, George’s mother.


Both the winner, Lee Morrison, and the runner up, Paul Gartland, of the Special Needs Category used Figurenotes to compose their pieces. They had access to Figurenotes Software at Lilybank School, which helped them to do this. For more information, please get in touch.


For information about iCompose 2013 visit www.icompose.org. iCompose is a national composition competition run by SCO Connect, in partnership with Drake Music Scotland.