50th Anniversary of Handbell Ringers of Great Britain Competition

September 6, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

Competition for an Original Handbell Composition

As part of the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain (HRGB) Golden Anniversary celebrations in 2017, we are seeking a new composition suitable for playing on handbells. The competition will have a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £250. Composers who are not familiar with the instrument are advised to visit the HRGB web site. They should note that this composition is intended to be very ‘playable’ by the majority of HRGB members.
The following rules apply:
Length 100 bars (approx.) maximum
Either 3 or 4 compatible versions suitable for:
12 bells or 12 bells
2 octaves 2 / 3 octave
3 / 4 octaves 4 / 5 or 4 / 6 octaves
5 / 6 octaves
Time Signatures 3/4 4/4 (C) common time
Notes and Rests No shorter than a quaver (half note)
Key/accidentals C-Major, G-Major and F-major only (no other accidentals, F# & Bb only)
Tempo Slow to moderate speed
If required, a section or verse (no longer than about 25% of the piece) may be included for the more experienced ringers which can include other instruments (including chimes), effects (eg mallets), accidentals, complex time signatures, shorter notes etc. PROVIDED this section can be omitted by those without the equipment or skills to ring it. Alternative optional but compatible staves with more complexity will also be permitted within the 25% limitation.
1. Only unpublished works may be submitted.
2. Entries may include optional other instruments.
3. Manuscripts or computer generated entries are acceptable. Six copies will be required; please retain any original as this will not be returned. Do not include your name on five of the duplicate copies sent.
4. By entering the competition the winners agree that the UK copyright of the winning entries will belong to HRGB.
5. Entries must be with the National Secretary, Christine Reid, 8 Havelock Street, Glasgow G11 5JA no later than 1st July 2016.
The original composition will be judged by a panel of HRGB members who will be asked to consider the ‘playability’ of the pieces as well as the musical quality.

The committee reserves the right not to award the prizes in either of the competitions where there has been a poor response or the standard is considered low.

The decision of the judges will be final.

Queries to john@torbells.plus.com