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Music students in Birmingham are composing for the sky


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Birmingham City University music students have the unique opportunity to compose a piece of music that will be used for British-owned airline flybmi’s onboard entertainment systems.

The competition put together by flybmi and Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire gives all current music students the chance to enter a competition to put forward a three-minute composition for consideration to be played onboard flybmi flights.

Image courtesy of flybmi and Birmingham City University

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire boasts an illustrious alumnus including the likes of singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, conductor Michael Seal, and bold baritone Rhydian Roberts.

Flybmi is looking for a piece of music that is both relaxing and uplifting; something that will appeal to both their business and leisure travellers on their journeys around the world. It can be instrumental, have vocals, or be a combination of the two, as long as it appeals to flybmi’s wide customer base.

The winning piece will become the ‘official’ anthem of flybmi and will be played on-board all flights across the airline’s entire network when passengers embark and disembark the aircraft. Not only that, but the lucky winner will also receive a pair of tickets to use on any of flybmi’s routes across Europe.

From the UK, the winner could grab themselves flights to Paris, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Gothenburg, Brussels, Aberdeen, Oslo, Esbjerg and Stavanger.

Image courtesy of flybmi and Birmingham City University

Michael Wolters, the Deputy Head of Composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, spoke ahead of the opening of the competition:

“As well as developing the talents of the next generation of great musicians, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire pays care and attention to musicians as entrepreneurs. It prepares students for the opportunities and challenges presented by the future of the profession...

“This exciting competition with flybmi is one such example and working to a brief allows our students to think about the type of corporate commissions they will be faced with once they graduate. Of course, it will be really inspiring for the winner to hear their music playing as they board the aircraft, knowing that their song will be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of passengers across Europe.”

Students at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have until Monday 31st December to enter their original composition to the flybmi competition.

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