Perseverance Composition Competition 2021

The recent Mars landing has been incredible to watch and has inspired us to launch a new composition competition - ‘Perseverance'

The ingenuity of the NASA team and the latest robotic technology involved will allow this rover mission to discover the hidden secrets of the red planet, which has already brought new images, videos and sounds to Earth for us. What else will they find, what will the atmosphere be like, will they find signs of life?

The theme of ‘Perseverance’ can be used in many ways for our composition competition. You could explore the 273 million mile journey of Perseverance from Earth to Mars, and describe in music, the very final stages of breaking through Mars’ atmosphere and the critical moments of landing the rover primed for exploration. Perhaps if you participated in our Moon Rabbit composition competition you can continue and develop your musical theme as you move to another planet? Or perhaps you would like to use the theme Perseverance to musically describe your experiences of living through a Pandemic and imagining the moment you experience social freedom again.

The way you represent the theme is entirely up to you, you can be as creative as you wish to let your imagination run wild in your music.

To find out more about the Mars mission ‘Perserverance’ visit the NASA site here

Competition rules

To enter the competition you must compose a piece of music that relates to the theme of Perseverance.  With your piece of music you should write a short note telling us your name, the title of the piece, the category you wish to enter and any information you wish to tell us about the piece i.e. what it is about and what to listen out for, such as the key signature and time signature you have used.

Then you need to upload a recording of your piece as either a video or audio recording of the composition, together with your note.  If you would like to notate your composition and submit with your recording, please do so, but it is not essential.

There are 3 age categories

  • Junior Age 7 - 11
  • Teen 12 - 17
  • Adults

All entries should be in by 26th April 2021 where they will be showcased as part of Performance Week.

All entries will be judged by the teaching team at Your Space Music Lessons and the winner from each category will win a £25 Amazon e-giftcard and a Certificate

To submit your recording and note please use the link below:


We hope you enjoy exploring with music over the next few weeks - Good luck!