Call for Scores: BSO Composers’ Day with Mark-Anthony Turnage

September 29, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside


The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra invites composers to submit scores, a selection of which will be performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kokoro (BSO’s new music group) in workshops led by Mark Anthony Turnage as part of the BSO’s Composers’ Day on Saturday 18 February 2017.

Following the success of two previous Composers’ Days with Sir James MacMillan and Colin Matthews, the BSO is delighted to welcome Mark Anthony Turnage as the lead composer for the 2017 event, along with BSO guest conductors and composers. The BSO has a long history of championing new music and is opening the doors of the Lighthouse in Poole once again for a full day of workshops which are open to all composers.
Full workshop details available by end of October 2016.

Orchestral scores
We invite original scores for orchestral forces of up to a maximum of:
3333 4331 T 2perc harp and strings
and of up to 8 minutes duration

Ensemble scores
We invite original scores for up to the following forces:
1 violin, 1 cello, 1 flute doubling piccolo, 1 clarinet doubling bass clarinet, 1 percussion player and 1 piano (being the core forces of Kokoro)
and of up to 5 minutes duration

Please send a printed copy of your score by 1700 on Wednesday 16 November 2016, together with a covering letter, including your name, street and email addresses, telephone number, and CV to: Composers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 2 Seldown Lane, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UF.

• Composers must be currently resident or studying in the UK and available to attend the Composers Day on 18 February 2017
• All scores must be unpublished
• Please include a stamped address envelope if you would like us to return your score
• Only one symphonic and one ensemble submission per composer
• For any queries, please contact

The selection panel will be led by Mark Anthony Turnage and the decision of the panel will be final.

Wednesday 16 November 2016 at 1700 – Closing date for receipt of scores
Friday 16 December 2016 – Chosen scores will be announced
Early January 2017 – Selected composers will be asked to submit a ‘Sibelius’ file, from which the BSO library will create the parts. We can offer advice on accessing ‘Sibelius’ if necessary.

A linked project for composers aged 12-18 will be taking place on 17 and 18 February 2017, as part of Sound and Music’s Go Compose! national initiative. Further details will be available shortly on