2017 Composer’s Day: Writing for Opera and Bassoon Saturday 11th November – 11am-4pm

September 2, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The 2017 soundfestival annual Composer’s Day takes place on Saturday 11th November in Aberdeen. The two different composing themes for the day are opera and the endangered instrument the bassoon.

The day will consist of workshops, talks, and one-to-one surgeries led by leading composers Benedict Mason and Errollyn Wallen. The aim of the day is to give opportunities for composers to improve technical skills in contemporary composition for the bassoon and the genre of opera as well as developing general compositional ideas.

The renowned bassoonist Pascal Gallois will be joining us in the afternoon to lead a masterclass and he will select new pieces to workshop as part of the session. The masterclasses will be open to members of the public. We are inviting composers to submit repertoire for this element of the day.


  • Your piece must be for solo bassoon
  • Your piece should be no longer than five minutes long
  • You can write something new, or send in an unperformed work from your existing repertoire

How to Apply

  • The deadline for submitting a completed PDF score will Friday 22nd September 2017.
  • Please email your score to admin@sound-scotland.co.uk You must also complete an application form with your details (can be downloaded from http://sound-scotland.co.uk/news/call-for-composers-2) and email it with your score.
  • If video examples are available, applicants can additionally submit web links (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) by copying the URL in the application form.

Please note that you must be able to attend the masterclass in Aberdeen on the 11th November. Please note it costs £10 to attend the day.

We will let you know if your composition has been selected for masterclass by Friday 29th September 2017.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact admin@sound-scotland.co.uk or phone 01330 826526.

Open Call for Composers

August 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Open Call to commission a new work to be premiered in 2018 as part of the Orchestra’s summer season at Bold Tendencies Car Park Peckham. https://www.multi-story.org.uk/news/2017/8/16/open-call-for-composers

As an organisation, we believe that anyone, no matter what their previous musical experience, can take part in amazing classical music performances. For the last four years we have given annual performances with local schoolchildren in Peckham, in performances that sell out to crowds of more than 500 people.

For this project, we are looking to commission a new work for our 2018 season in Peckham that enables children, with little or no previous experience in performing classical music, to be integral to the music. The final concept for the new piece will be developed in discussion with the chosen composer, but we anticipate the completed piece to be around 12 minutes in length, for an orchestra of around 30 professional musicians and up to 100 young people.

We would therefore like to hear specifically from composers who are interested in writing for young people (singers and/or instrumentalists) and professional orchestra. We are open to different ways of working according to the interests of the chosen composer – from the theme of the work, through to the creative process (it could include the children either getting involved in creating the work or purely in performing it).

The composer will receive a commission fee of £3,000. This includes preparation of performance materials but we will cover printing costs.

If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit the following by 10am on Monday 11 September by email to laura@multi-story.org.uk:
– two examples of previous works, in particular works for large ensemble and/or young people if possible (pdf scores and links to recordings / videos where available)
– a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this commission and a brief description of the type of work you would like to write
– a CV (two sides maximum)

If you have any questions about the Open Call please call Laura Sheldon on 07817 116157 or email laura@multi-story.org.uk

The Multi-Story Orchestra promotes diversity and access across all aspects of its work and is committed to supporting equality of opportunity. We encourage applications from individuals currently underrepresented in the arts.

Hebrides Ensemble: Call for Scores

August 10, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Would you like to hear your music performed by one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles? Would you like to discuss your music with internationally renowned composer Nigel Osborne? Then come and join us in Edinburgh on Tuesday 21 November 2017 for a day of music-making and discussion.

The event will be led by composer Nigel Osborne and Hebrides Ensemble’s Artistic Director William Conway. Scores will be played by Hebrides Ensemble musicians during a day of performance and discussion, open to anyone with an interest in composition.

Hebrides Ensemble supports composers at all stages of their careers, most recently through: workshops for those at school, college and university; training for amateur composers working on their own; commissions and performances for those entering the profession; and commissions, recordings and broadcasts for established composers internationally. If we don’t know you or your music, we can’t support you! So, this is a chance to let us see what you’re doing and for us to get to know your music.

Submissions should be:
• a maximum of 7 minutes long (this could be a section of a larger work)
• written for any combination of the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Piano, Bassoon and Horn. Solo or ensemble works will be considered.
• We don’t mind if your work has been performed before; if its published or unpublished; how old you are; or where you’re from. The only thing we ask is that you have completed your formal education.

Composers of any age and stage will be welcome to attend the seminar, even if you have not submitted a score. The seminar is open to all. For details on how to attend click here.

Submissions must be received by 18:00 on 30 September 2017.
One copy of the score (and a recording if you have one) should be sent to:

Hebrides Ensemble
Call for Scores
77 Montgomery Street

or emailed to Anna@hebridesensemble.com

If your piece is selected, we will let you know by Friday 20 October and we will ask that you provide us with a set of parts by 1st November 2017. Please ensure that scores and parts are legible. Composers whose work is selected for performance would be expected to attend the event and we would provide you with a recording of your work.

Alba New Music seeks Trustees

August 3, 2017 in All Opportunities, Other Opportunity by mwhiteside


Trustees wanted to serve on management board.

We are seeking Trustees to join our board of management.  Ideally with a knowledge of the Scottish contemporary music scene and a background in finance or fundraising.

We are also seeking a candidate with good secretarial skills.

This is a non remunerated position.

We meet 4 times per year in Edinburgh

For further details or an informal meeting please contact,

Alan Munro, Chairman

Amunro11@live.co.uk or 07706024810

Alba New Music

RSNO Composers’ Hub

July 17, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, the RSNO Composers’ Hub is a fantastic opportunity to compose music for orchestra in a range of different contexts, developing skills and creative relationships, as well as acquiring an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

Now in its third year, up to five emerging composers will be chosen to join the hub and spend the 2017:18 Season with the RSNO.  Whilst working with the RSNO, each composer will write a 7-10 minute piece for full symphony orchestra.  The scheme will culminate in a public workshop at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow, April 2018, from which one work will be chosen to be performed in the RSNO’s 2018:19 Season.

Composer opportunities:

This scheme is not simply about creating new works, but having the opportunity to develop meaningful collaborations with the RSNO and other Composers’ Hub participants. Those selected will build relationships with the musicians, staff and RSNO audiences, whilst receiving guidance in artistic development and career advancement.

More information and how to apply here.

Call for Scores

July 4, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The University of St Andrews Music Centre and Scottish Chamber Orchestra are looking for new work to be featured in a concert on Wednesday 15 November in the Byre Theatre, St Andrews. The programme of the concert is:


St Andrews New Music Ensemble and Musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Henry Purcell – Fantasia 7, transcribed by George Benjamin

Oliver Knussen – … upon one note, Fantasia after Purcell

New Work from Call for Scores

Ethel Smyth – Elegy for violin, horn and piano

Igor Stravinsky – Septet

Composers of any age and nationality are invited to submit unperformed, not yet premiered in the UK, or newly composed works for one of the following three instrumentations:

INSTRUMENTATION OPTION ONE: Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello

INSTRUMENTATION OPTION TWO: Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

INSTRUMENTATION OPTION THREE: Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano

Newly composed works which ‘respond’ to the music of Purcell or Stravinsky would be particularly welcome. Submissions should not be longer than 10 minutes. Decisions of what score(s) are selected for performance will be made by musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and staff from the University of St Andrews.

Closing date: Monday 11 September, 2017

Selected score(s) announced: Monday 26 September, 2017

For any queries regarding instrumentation, length or brief please contact Bede Williams on bw23@st-andrews.ac.uk

Submissions of PDF scores and parts should be sent to callforscores@st-andrews.ac.uk

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is Orchestra in Residence at the University of St Andrews. The two organisations have enjoyed a close relationship over many years with the SCO presenting an annual five-concert season at the University’s Younger Hall, and this new designation is the first professional orchestra residency at a Scottish University.

In addition to the concert season, the University and the Orchestra collaborate on a number of innovative projects, including masterclasses and workshops, the St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra (StAFCO), and an exciting series of lunchtime concerts giving the rare opportunity to hear SCO players in solo and chamber repertoire.

Formed in 2012, the St Andrews New Music Ensemble has built an enviable reputation for programming, commissioning and workshopping music by emerging and established composers from Scotland and beyond. The ensemble has already given over fifteen world premieres and worked with James MacMillan, Paul Mealor, Sally Beamish, Thea Musgrave, Tansy Davies, Eddie McGuire, John De Simone and Jeremy Thurlow. Recent highlights have included performances at Queen’s University Belfast, MacRobert Arts Centre Stirling, and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the Glasgow MINIMAL festival. In April 2017, the ensemble was joined by musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a concert of music by Cambridge-based composer Jeremy Thurlow.

Adopt a Composer scheme – Scottish Pairing

July 3, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The deadline for applications for Scottish composers is 5pm Thursday 13th July 2017.

The scheme pairs amateur choirs, orchestras or ensembles with up-and-coming composers for 12 months to collaborate and produce a new piece of music, culminating in a premiere performance and a broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Composers are mentored by Colin Riley, David Horne and Fraser Trainer with costs and expenses covered by the PRS Foundation, and retain all rights to the score.

I am currently talking to other choirs about getting another performance. This would mean the world to me, as it is not an understatement to say Adopt a Composer was about the most exciting experience of my life.

Rebecca Dale – paired with Music For Everyone, 2012/13


The process

  • July: applicant interviews
  • September: pairings announced at launch event – meet your group!
  • November: the group hosts a workshop introducing you to their members
  • January: you and your group workshop/rehearse the pieces in progress
  • February – April: further workshops and rehearsing of the draft piece
  • May – September: premiere concert (usually recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3)

Who else is involved?

Each pairing will be appointed with a mentor who will be there in the initial meetings when the composer and performing group are getting to know each other. They act as a source of ongoing advice to both composer and group as the work is composed, in musical and practical terms.

The mentor will be somebody who is experienced in this field. They will attend sessions with the composer and be available for e-mail and telephone contact.

Financial info

The composer costs, fees for the mentoring composer, and all expenses related to the placement of the composer will be paid by the project. Travelling expenses for scheduled visits to London will be paid for via Making Music/Sound and Music – details are provided on the launch day.

The composer retains all rights to the score. 

How to apply

To apply to take part, complete and submit the online form below. If you would prefer to complete the application form as a Word doc, or if you have any further questions, please contact Sally Palmer (sally@makingmusic.org.uk).


Before completing this form ensure that you satisfy the following criteria:

  • At the right point in your career as a composer (entering the profession, but not yet “established”)
  • Not in full time education
  • Based within the UK
  • Can commit in terms of time and travel to the project (project duration is approximately one season i.e. 9-12 months)
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of amateur music groups and of collaborative approaches to composition
  • Preferably have some experience of working with amateur groups, either as a composer, performer, or other.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to send us an example of a score and if shortlisted further will be invited to attend an interview in July 2017. Successful applicants will be asked to attend a launch day in London in mid-September 2017.

Applicants will also be asked to attend two composer days run by Sound and Music: one in October 2017 and the other in March 2018. Please ensure that you will be available for all of these days. We will inform you of the dates as soon as they have been confirmed.

New Year, New Music: Royal Northern Sinfonia Young Composers’ Competition

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Young Composers’ Competition

• An opportunity for composers studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level in the 17/18 academic year, at a UK university or conservatoire to write a piece of up to 8’ duration for chamber orchestra instrumentation.
• Successful applicants will have their composition workshopped by Royal Northern Sinfonia with the advice of a distinguished jury on Wednesday 22 November 2017.
• Three selected compositions will be performed by RNS to a live audience at Sage Gateshead on the evening of Friday 26th January 2018, conducted by Music Director Lars Vogt, during which a winner will be selected.
• First prize: £1500, Runners Up (x2): £1000


Please be encouraged to share this with anyone who might be interested.
Enquiries and further information: classical@sagegateshead.com


Et Lux Radio -Call for Live Recordings

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Deadline: July 15, 2017

Attention Composers:

Et Lux Radio is a new internet radio station that will begin airing on or around August 1, 2017. We are currently seeking live or studio recordings of compositions! It is our mission to promote and encourage the proliferation of modern, contemporary classical music in ALL of its current diversity.

We are looking for the following genres:

Modern (dodecaphonic, serial)
Modern (free atonal)

Works can be for any size ensemble or instrumentation. Live/Studio recordings should be submitted that are of decent to high quality. We request the files be of .mp3 format.

The file should be accompanied with your professional name, a brief biography, program notes for the piece submitted, a signed affidavit giving Et Lux the permission to include the submitted recording within its regular broadcast lineup.

Depending on size of the audio file, recordings may be shared via email or via dropbox. Submissions, and questions, may be sent to jaowoodr@gmail.com

Call for Miniature Tape Works

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

The « Núcleo Música Nova » (Brazil) seeks Electroacoustic miniatures for concerts opportunities in Brazil (from July to November, 2017). These are the specifications:

– deadline: July 2nd, 2017;
– there are no fees nor artistic wages (we are from a public university; all concerts have free entrance);
– there is no age/nationality restrictions;
– only fixed-media electroacoustic works (aka Tape piece / Acousmatic work);
– only miniatures: no more than 2 minutes;
– up to 4 channels sound diffusion (8-channels is a possibility, although not guaranteed in every concert);
– send internet link (recommended) or mp3 (for now);
– send composer’s bio (short), photo, and program notes (short);
– send your work to contato@nucleomusicanova.com with the subject TAPE MINIATURES – YOUR NAME;

Questions? Please contact us at contato@nucleomusicanova.com

13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition Chengdu, P.R. China, 2017

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Chengdu, P.R. China, 2017

◆Sponsored by Sichuan Conservatory of Music
◆Organized by Research Institute of Composition Technique of Sichuan Conservatory of Music
Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Lin Ge’er
Composer, President of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Jury
Dr. Zhou Long
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
Distinguished Professor of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Distinguished Professor, Tianjin Conservatory of Music

◆Qualification all students (without restrictions on nationalities regions and ages) are qualified
◆Deadline 08th October 2017
(Entries must be received before 08th October 2017)
◆Mailing Address
Committee of 13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China
Website http://www.sccm.cn/sunriver/index.html
Mrs. Liang Yi-fei
Mr. Jing Xu
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253
E-mail: sunriverprize2004@qq.com

13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Chengdu, P.R. China, 2017

Rule of the Competition

◆Aim of the Composition
New Talent, New Idea
New Composition, New Music

the competition of this year is chamber music, and the establishment of music instruments to be selected of 1-9 instrumentalists combined willingly and the same instrument is not more than 4. (Without any electronic instrument, equipment and computer)
The composition should be under 12 minutes.
1. All students (without any restrictions on nationalities, regions and ages).
2. The composition should be written any style and in last three years.
3. The composition must be unpublished, and must not have been awarded in any other contest prizes.
4. Each candidate is allowed to offer only one piece for the competition and should not enter for the competition with others’ name.

◆How to enter
Candidates should fill out the entry form (enclosed) and offer the copies of the ID and the Student ID card, as well as 7 copies of the composition score.
The composition should be delivered by the registered letter to the Competition Committee before the deadline.
The score of the computer file (PDF format) should be sent via email to sunriverprize2004@qq.com at same time.

◆Mailing Address
Committee of 13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China

◆ Contact
Mrs. Liang Yi-fei
Mr. Jing Xu
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253
E-mail: sunriverprize2004@qq.com
Deadline: 08th October 2017
(Entries must be received before 08th October 2017)
Website: http://www.sccm.cn/sunriver/index.html
we recommend the candidates to offer the CD record of the composition, but the audio files are not required.
All materials offered by the candidates (including scores and CD) will not be returned.

◆Award and Prizes
1st Prize (1): RMB ¥15,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
2nd Prize (2): RMB ¥10,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
3rd Prize (3): RMB ¥5,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
Honorable Mention (several): the certificate.

The juries have the rights to decide the prizes and the number of the vacant winners, and the jury’s decision is final.

◆Copyright of the Attribution
During the selection of the competition, any prize-winning composition could be published and played permanently and freely by the sponsors.

◆Additional Directions
1. Please do not write your name and any non-musical notes on the composition score, otherwise the candidates cannot enter for the selecting procedure.
2. The entry form is enclosed (copy is available), which should be posted after being filled out with the record and copies of the composition score.

Call for Scores- Music for Viola and Piano by Women Composers

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Hsiaopei Lee/Chialing Hsieh call for submissions for their second “Music for Viola and Piano by Women Composers” recording project.

First Recording: http://www.centaurrecords.com/store/crc-3332-odyssey.html

Open to any women composers, regardless of age or nationality
Entry Fee: None

Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Instrumentation: Works for viola and piano or viola solo.

Duration: No duration limitation.

Difficulty: All difficulty levels are acceptable.

Audio Files: Composers are strongly encouraged to include links to the audio realization of their works (MIDI or live performance).

The selected works will be publicly performed prior to the recording session. Please indicate if your submitted works have been performed or recorded.

Submitted to: Chialing Hsieh taimiliana@gmail.com
Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Call for Creative Works

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Claude Debussy in 2018: a Centenary Celebration at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Glasgow


As part of the weeklong symposium and conference ‘Claude Debussy in 2018’, to be jointly hosted in Manchester and Glasgow from 20-23 March, 2018, we invite submissions for original compositions, up to 5 minutes in length, written for the forces of one of the two smaller chamber sonatas Debussy left unfinished at his death in 1918, i.e.:

Sonata no. 4 for oboe, horn and harpsichord

Sonata no. 5 for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and piano


Based on a CV, list of works, and a clear expression of interest (max. 250 words) specifying your creative interest in and plans for composing ‘in memoriam Claude Debussy’ at this time, we will invite submission of scores and parts to be assessed by a panel of Glasgow and Manchester composers for possible inclusion in either a compositional workshop or a public concert featuring musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


Deadline for CV, list of works, and expression of interest, specifying your chosen ensemble and describing your creative concept: 1 September 2017

Deadline for fair copy score and parts (on invitation): 31 January 2018.


Please send expressions of interest (and/or any questions) to Drew.Hammond@glasgow.ac.uk


*Please note that while there will be one composition/ performance workshop in each city, the concert itself will only take place in Glasgow on 23 March.

LSO Jerwood Composer+

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is a new programme that will support early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the programme.

Two composers will be accepted onto the LSO Jerwood Composer+ programme each year for a 16-month placement with the LSO. The composers will each be given the opportunity to programme, plan and deliver two concerts at the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, enabling them to showcase new music by both themselves and other composers whilst gaining entrepreneurial skills through mentoring from key LSO staff. The concerts will make a substantial contribution to the diversity of the music programme for audiences at LSO St Luke’s.

More info https://lso.co.uk/lso-discovery/the-next-generation/jerwood-composer-plus.html

RESONANCES | International Composers’ Competition 2017 – 1st Edition

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The RESONANCES Composers’ Competition is open to all composers of any age and nationality.
The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition from 25 to 28 September 2017 in the city of Kiev (Ukraine), inside the Union Composers.

The composers’ selected works will be performed in a final concert on 28 September inside the Concert Hall of Union Composers of Ukraine.
The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer and a movie director will make a video.

Each composer must submit a music score choosen in the following instruments from 3 to 10 players:
soprano, mezzosoprano, piano, flute (ottavino, flute in G), clarinet ( bass clarinet), trumpet, horn, trombone, 2 percussionists (timpani, bass drum, cymbals, vibraphone, xylophone, tubular bells, woodblocks).
The work must not exceed 10 minutes.


The Frederic Mompou International Award for 2017

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

In memory of F. Mompou and his wife C. Bravo, who were its Honorary Presidents. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Frederic Mompou’s death.



Any composer who is not over 35 years of age on December 31, 2017 can participate in this competition.
The works must be completely unknown. They must not have been previously performed, published or disseminated in any way or in any computer sound file.
The musical formation this year is for:
Trio for clarinet, cello and piano

The style and scoring methods of the work are completely unrestricted. The recommended duration is between 10 and 18 minutes.


The Frederic Mompou International Award for 2017 consists of:
The amount of €4.000. This amount will be subject to Spanish taxation.
Publishing and marketing of the winning score by Editorial Boileau publishing house.
The premiere of the work in a concert within the “Xarxa de Músiques a Catalunya” (Music Network in Catalonia) in order to create new audiences for contemporary music.
The Frederic Mompou International Award cannot be shared or declared void.
The jury reserves the right to award two honorary mentions.
The 2017 winner cannot compete again until the competition of 2020.

Presentation of the scores

The presentation of the scores must be anonymous: a pseudonym must be used.
No motto or pseudonym can be used that identifies the composer or the work presented.
The score can be written by hand or printed by means of a musical notation programme.
Incomplete scores will not be accepted. All the scores presented must be legible at first sight. A score that is badly written can be refused.
The work has to be sent as a score in DINA4 (21×29,7 cm) or similar size paper and well bound.
Please, send:
Six copies of the score, on which a title for the work and a pseudonym figure.
A sealed envelope with the same pseudonym, which includes:
1. The entry form, correctly filled in.
Entry form
2. A photocopy of an identity card, passport or proof of identity.
3. A brief curriculum vitae.
The six scores and the sealed envelope must be sent to:

Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona Premi Internacional Frederic Mompou
PO Box 5498, 08080 Barcelona-Spain

Presentation deadline: Saturday, August 19th, 2017 (incl.)

The scores that have been sent by registered post before or even on the above date will be accepted.
A copy of the scores that have not been awarded the prize will be kept in the files of the entity. During 2018, the remaining copies will be returned to their composers, if they request them.

Jury and verdict

The jury will be made up of five professionals of international prestige in the world of contemporary music, and they will be made known when the verdict is made public.
The decision of the jury will be taken by absolute majority and the verdict will not be open to appeal.
Once the verdict is determined and it is found that the winning work has not complied with all the rules, the composer will be stripped of the award.
The verdict will be announced before the end of September 2017.

Award-winning work

Once the verdict has been announced, the award will be granted. According to JMB’s concert programme, the award-winning work will be premiered in the “Xarxa de Músiques a Catalunya” (Music Network in Catalonia) concert tour, organized by Joventuts Musicals de Catalunya.
The work will be recorded by and broadcasted on the Catalan radio station Catalunya Música.
The intellectual property rights remain in the composer’s possession. In posterior recordings and programmes, the following text must be stated: “Frederic Mompou International Award for the Young Composer Competition of Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona, 2017”.
Once the award is granted, the winner is required to present a copy of the score in the programme Finale or Sibelius.
Editorial Boileau has the publishing and marketing rights to the score.
The winner must accept this point regardless of other publishing commitments.

eviMus Festival – Call for works

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

The eviMus Festival and the KuBa – Kulturzentrum am EuroBahnhof present the “4. Saarbrücker Tage für elektroakustiche und visuelle Musik” in Saarbrücken (Germany). The eviMus Festival is a four-day Festival focussing on new music in all of its forms. All events are free and open to the public. All composers, regardless of nationality, age or career stage, are invited to apply. Since the number of applications exceeds the places available, there will be a selection process.

The submitted works must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Category A – Fixed media:
Four channel up to eight channel works for fixed media (Format: WAV or AIFF files, stereo works are not going to be considered)

2. Category B – Instrument/electronic:
Solo instrument/voice and fixed media or live electronics (stereo or more channels). The organization will decide if instrumentalists are available. Works for flute and electronic are desired.

3. Category C – Video:
Works for video and music are desired (stereo or more channels)

4. Category D – Installation:
Sound Installations and Interactive Media (composer has to provide all non-standard equipment)

Composers can submit several works (but only one work per composer will be include in the concerts). Works which last 8 minutes or less are preferred; no work should exceed 10 minutes.

How to apply:

All applications must be sent via DropBox (only as a “view”, not as an “editor) or Google Drive in a single folder to the email: info [at] evimus [dot] de.

The application must fulfill the following requirements:

1. PDF, ODT or DOC with contact information, composer’s biography, nationality, date of birth and a description of the idea of your work (program notes).

2. Audio file .AIFF or .WAV format 16bit or 24bit at 44,1kHz sampling rate containing a stereo version of the piece (Category A or B),
video file .MOV (Category C),
PDF file with the score for instrument and electronic (Category B),
Documentation with Fotos, Video, Description, etc. (Category D)

3. Additionally, for multichannel pieces (Category A), send the audio files corresponding to each of the channels inside a separate folder (Audio file .AIFF or .WAV format 16bit or 24bit at 44,1kHz sampling rate).

Please do not send email file attachments.

Composers can submit several works (but only one work per composer will be include in the concerts). Works which last 8 minutes or less are preferred; no work should exceed 10 minutes.

On the “4. Saarbrücker Tage für elektroakustiche und visuelle Musik” will also be room for discussions about the relation between music, technology and society. Everyone is welcome to participate. In order to organize these discussion-related sessions conveniently, everyone is welcome to submit papers with hypotheses, ideas or proposals. Also discussions of submitted works are appreciated.

Start of applications: 1st february 2017
Deadline for applications (Category A, C and D): 31th July 2017
Deadline for applications (Category B): 1st July 2017
End of selection process and notification: 10th August 2017
Final deadline for all performance material: 15th August 2017

Composers will be notified of the results by email.
The application is free of charge


Call for Works for Solo Recorder

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Kethryn Bennetts is looking for pieces for solo recorder for an ongoing concert series starting Oct 2017. Can involve microtonality, especially quarter-tones and fixed media, preferably for one performer but other instrumental combinations can be considered.
E: kathrynbennetts@mac.com
WEB: www.bennettsbowman.org.uk

rosetta contemporary ensemble 1st Call for Scores

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble is internationally calling for new pieces for the concert, which will be held at Kyoto Art Center, Japan on 12th February 2018.

Instruments List

Group A:
2 Mandolins (1 mandolin can be switched to mandola tenore*)
2 Guitars

Group B:
Saxophone (Soprano/Alto/Tenor) *ask for other family
Group C:
Left-Hand Piano

*Tremolo / Picking technique must be clearly notated for Mandolin.
*Mandola Tenore is GDAE tuning, an octave lower than mandolin.
*Internal technique may be used, but should be suitable for left hand playing.
*Prepared materials maybe available if it is easy to prepare AND also easy to remove.

Category A (Quartet to Sextet)

Instrumentation: all instruments from the list.
(1 or 2 Mandolin(s)/1 or 2 Guitar(s)/Saxophone/Left-Hand Piano)
Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)
Category B (Duo to Quintet)

Instrumentation: Any combination of from 2 or 3 groups from the instrument list. (Duo / Trio / Quartet only consists of plucked Instruments from group A is not accepted.)
Duration: Max approx. 8mins (one or multi-movement)
Category C* (Performer’s Selection)

*selected pieces from this category may not be performed in the concert in Kyoto but in other concerts held in 2018 by the member of Rosetta.

Solo piece of any instruments from the list.
Duo of any combination from instrument group A (Gt. Mn.)
Duration: Max approx. 6 mins.
Only for this category, previously performed piece can be submitted if the piece are unpublished and has never been given performance in Japan.

Please visit our website for the detail!

The event was previously held as Les Pois music office call for scores

LSO Call for Composers

June 9, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

A platform for emerging composers

Based at LSO St Luke’s, LSO Soundhub provides a flexible environment where composers can explore, collaborate and experiment, with access to vital resources, support from industry professionals and LSO members and staff.

Soundhub is a composer-led resource, responding directly to the needs of those using it: a supportive framework for artists to try out new ideas, develop existing work and benefit from peer-to-peer networking and support.

The programme is open to UK-based composers and builds on the LSO’s ongoing investment in emerging talent, in particular through the Panufnik Composers Scheme.

More info https://lso.co.uk/lso-discovery/the-next-generation/lso-soundhub.html

Juice: To Meredith Monk: Call for works

June 9, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Juice Vocal Ensemble are excited to announce a call for works as part of the City, University of London’s Meredith Monk 75th birthday tribute concert. The call is open to all composers of any nationality and age. It should be no more than 4 minutes in length and should be lucidly inspired by Monk’s work.

Deadline 1st Septmeber

Instrumentation can be either a cappella SSA or SSA voices plus handheld percussion/found sounds etc. (to be played by the ensemble). The works can include extra-vocal techniques and graphic notation.

We strongly recommend visiting our Writing For Juice guidelines, and also listening to our albums on Spotify, as well as of course, the work of Meredith Monk!

If you have a query about the music you’re writing, email: juicevocalensemble@gmail.com

All submissions should be sent as PDFs; audio files (recommended) should be sent as links (for example, Dropbox or WeTransfer), or as private links to SoundCloud pages. Please do not email mp3s directly.

Deadline: Midnight (GMT) September 1st 2017

Works selected will be announced in mid-September and performed at City University, London on October 10th.

Send your piece to: leo.chadburn@city.ac.uk


Call for Scores for solo horn – Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn

June 9, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn
Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for solo horn. 15 one-minute works will be selected for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn to be premiered on November 15, 2017 at a venue in Baltimore, Maryland. This call for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is looking for solo horn works inspired by specific texts of literature, poetry, etc.

Submission Guidelines:
Deadline to submit works is September 15, 2017
Works should be composed specifically for this project and performer.
Works should be for solo horn only.
All pieces must be premieres and not previously performed.
No works over a minute will be reviewed.
Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!
Composers are encouraged to write works inspired by specific texts of poetry, literature, etc. (Texts should be named in the program notes.)
Works that utilize the low register of the horn are encouraged
Works need to be submitted online at

You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.
After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Sam Bessen, horn” to submit work.
You will need to provide a maximum 50 word biography and 50 word program notes.
You need to upload a score as a PDF file (Audio files are encouraged but not required.)
Please include the dedication to Sam Bessen on the score.
Performance notes should be included in the score.
Composers will be contacted via email of the results and will be announced via the Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame website.

Sam Bessen
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Bessen is a horn performer and teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Bessen recently completed his Master of Music degree in Horn Performance at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Denise Tryon. As a performer, Bessen seeks to bring together performer and audience in engaging and innovative recitals often featuring new and obscure works for horn. ​He recently performed an acclaimed recital at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and was subsequently invited to perform on the Museum’s ART/SOUND/NOW series on July 27, 2017. He can be heard in the Peabody Symphony Orchestra’s recordings with Marin Alsop of works by Kevin Puts and Aaron Kernis, as well as in John Steinmetz’ “Three Pieces for Ten Winds” with the Mill Avenue Chamber Players and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet.

Examples of Sam Bessen’s playing can be heard here:


Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is 15 one-minute works by different composers written for a specific performer or ensemble. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame gives a variety of new music by living composers to audiences hungry to hear what is being created in today’s music scene. “…the 15 Minutes of Fame project of Vox Novus is a godsend. It organizes competitions whereby ensembles commission worldwide calls for submissions of approximately one-minute pieces, and then select their 15 favorites for premieres. ” – Seth Gilman, NY Music Culture Examiner

More can be found be found at: www.Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.com

Music Avatar
Music Avatar is an online submission system to upload music online. It creates a hassle free process for the composer to submit, update, and upload a submission with confidence that the opportunity will receive it. Check out Music Avatar for more composer opportunities.

For more information visit: www.musicavatar.org/

Vox Novus
Vox Novus is a new music production and promotion company. The organization was created for the purposes of expanding the presence of contemporary music in the public’s vision, empowering composers and contemporary musicians to create, produce, and promote their music. Projects Vox Novus is known for producing are 60×60, Composer’s Voice and Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.

For More information visit: www.VoxNovus.com

Trainee Artistic Director

June 6, 2017 in All Opportunities by mwhiteside

How do you become the Artistic Director of a contemporary arts organisation? What skills and knowledge will you need to make it a success? What does success look like, for an ensemble’s artists, audiences and participants? How do you determine the artistic focus for your organisation? How do you develop an ensemble through programming? These are some of the questions you could address during a 12-month residency with Hebrides Ensemble.

The purpose of the role:
To give an aspiring Artistic Director the opportunity to work alongside one of the UK’s leading chamber music ensembles.
To share the knowledge and experience of our staff and Board with an aspiring Artistic Director.
To provide a supportive environment in which to explore how you can contribute to the work of a professional chamber music ensemble.

You will receive fees and expenses in line with the agreed programme of activity.

Role content:
You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the role and responsibility of the Artistic Director within a professional ensemble;
You will develop a 12-month programme of activity appropriate to your learning aims, skills and experience alongside the Artistic Director and Chief Executive;
For example:
developing a concert programme and educational activity for a concert tour; directing a composers’ workshop; performing with the ensemble.

You will be mentored by the Artistic Director and Chief Executive throughout your programme of activity;
You will have the opportunity to attend Board meetings, planning meetings and engage with the inner workings of a professional arts organisation;
You will have access to the whole staff team for the duration of your residency, for advice, guidance and conversation.

Co-founded and led by its Artistic Director, the cellist and conductor William Conway, the Ensemble is renowned for its fresh and intelligent approach to programming, which places contemporary music at the heart of a diverse range of repertoire. With programmes that are diverse, imaginative and inspiring, Hebrides Ensemble has established itself as one of the foremost chamber music collectives in the UK. The recent establishing of Hebrides Academy now allows us to launch this year-long residency to support an aspiring Artistic Director.

Please apply in writing to jennifer@hebridesensemble.com, including a CV and an outline of what you would like to gain through this opportunity.

Application deadline: 14 July 2017 at 18:00. Interviews will be held in Edinburgh towards the end of August/beginning of September 2017.

To arrange an informal conversation about the role, please contact Jennifer Martin, Chief Executive at jennifer@hebridesensemble.com.

For further information and details on how to apply, please see our website hebridesensemble.com

Trainee Board Member

June 6, 2017 in All Opportunities by mwhiteside

Would you like to gain experience of how a professional arts organisation runs? Would you like to know more about what goes on behind the scenes, to keep it legal, financially viable and thriving? Would you like to add your voice to our plans, decision-making and blue-sky thinking?

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 26, with a passion for contemporary chamber music, ambitious, curious and keen to challenge and be challenged, then this could be an opportunity for you. We will support you every step of the way, by offering you mentoring from our Chief Executive, and access to our current Board members for advice and support as your own career evolves. You would join our Board for a period of two years, attend meetings 4 times per year in Edinburgh and we’d cover your expenses, as we do with all of our Board members. We will call upon your advice and experience, your opinions and suggestions between meetings, and if you see a need for a sub-committee, you could lead discussions and have a real impact on what we do.

You would be an integral part of our management team, which is currently our Board of Directors, Artistic Director, Chief Executive, General Manager and Digital Producer. The Board of Directors is legally responsible for the running of Hebrides Ensemble. We would discuss your responsibilities with you to make sure you’re comfortable with the details, but we see this as a safe and secure environment in which you can learn all about how a company functions.

Hebrides Ensemble has established itself as one of the foremost chamber music collectives in the UK. Co-founded and led by its Artistic Director, the cellist and conductor William Conway, the Ensemble is renowned for its fresh and intelligent approach to programming, which places contemporary music at the heart of a diverse range of repertoire. In addition to a busy performing, recording, touring and broadcasting schedule, Hebrides Academy provides a wide range of training opportunities and events.

We have a great team of highly respected leaders. If you’d like to come and join us, please apply in writing to jennifer@hebridesensemble.com, detailing why you’d benefit from the experience, what you’d like to gain from it and what you have to offer Hebrides Ensemble.

For more information on the role and how to apply please go to our website http://hebridesensemble.com

Call for Cryptic Nights

June 6, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

Recognising the need for a regular, supportive platform for emerging Scottish based artists with fresh ideas, Cryptic launched Cryptic Nights in 2009 and has presented over 250 artists in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow. Many Cryptic Nights’ artists have gone on to have highly successful careers, most notably Rachel Maclean, Robbie Thomson, James Houston, Anna Meredith and Yann Seznec.

Crossing creative boundaries with live music, visual and sonic art, film and new media, Cryptic Nights presents a selection of the highest quality emerging talent.

The next deadline for applications to Cryptic Nights is 12noon on Monday 17 July 2017.

We are looking for ambitious, emerging artists based in Scotland, who create high quality, innovative, multimedia work with original music or sound-based elements at their core. With Cryptic’s support, artists will be guided in the development of an existing idea or piece of work.

Selected projects will receive:

– A guaranteed minimum fee of £500 per performance/installation with support, advice and space to take risks;
– A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company;
– Venue, technical, PR and marketing support;
– Travel and accommodation bursaries for those living outside Glasgow where applicable;
– An opportunity to build a new audience and raise your profile;
– Free entry to other Cryptic Nights throughout the year;
– Valuable opportunities to develop networks.

Whilst Cryptic Nights is mainly based in CCA, Glasgow, we are also interested in innovative site-specific works. We do not support traditional theatre, dance or literature, and we prefer not to support work which has already been given a substantial platform or support from other arts organisations. We aim to fill a gap.

We understand that an artist’s creative career can emerge at any stage in life. The Cryptic Night’s programme is selected by a panel of arts professionals based on application criteria, quality of work and potential for development.

If you would like to apply, please download the submission guidelines below. If you require additional support in completing the application please contact Rachel at crypticprojects@gmail.com.

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file (max 15MB) to crypticprojects@gmail.com. The PDF file name and email subject line should read YOURNAME Cryptic Nights 2018/19 Application.

Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 17 July 2017

More info: http://www.cryptic.org.uk/work-with-us/

Composers and Directors Mixer

June 6, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Are you a filmmaker in need of an original score for your next film or a composer looking for new projects or connnections?

Following on from the success of our 2015 and 2016 events, our Composers and Directors Mixer is back for 2017. New and emerging directors and composers will meet and network with the intention of building future collaborations.

This exclusive event will consist of informal speed meeting sessions, where directors will get to meet different composers who may suit upcoming projects or needs.

Composers: places are supported by PRS for Music – must be based in Scotland.

Directors: must already have an EIFF Industry Pass to attend.

Presented in partnership with BAFTA Scotland and PRS for Music.

More info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/composers-and-directors-mixer-tickets-34542856614


Deadline 14th June

Open Call for Sonica 2017

May 31, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

Titan Crane Commission

In Partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council

For 2017, celebrating 110 years since the Titan Crane was built, Cryptic would like to commission a Scottish-based composer/sound artist to create a bespoke electronic soundscape for the wheelhouse of the crane. This new work would ideally reflect not only Titan’s role as an outstanding icon of the Clyde’s industrial heritage, celebrating its extraordinary innovative engineering, it would also celebrate the regeneration of Clydebank’s waterfront and its future.

The site-specific work will be presented in the Titan Crane during one of the weekends as part of Cryptic’s biennial visual sonic arts festival, Sonica, which returns to Glasgow from 26 October – 5 November 2017.

All Scottish-based composers and sound artists (regardless of age or stage in their career) are welcome to apply. We are looking for creatively ambitious artists with innovative ideas to transform the exciting and inspiring wheel house of the Crane into a memorable sonic experience. Artists who have previously presented work at Sonica or are currently in higher or further education are not eligible to apply.

The selected artist will receive:
– A guaranteed commission fee of £2,000 inclusive of artist’s fee and production costs;
– A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company with support, advice and space to take risks;
– An opportunity to participate in an international arts festival;
– Venue, technical, PR and marketing support;
– An opportunity to build a new audience and raise your profile;
– Valuable opportunities to develop networks alongside exceptional international and emerging artists.

If you would like to apply please download the submission guidelines below. If you require additional support in completing your application please contact Rachel at crypticprojects@gmail.com.

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to: crypticprojects@gmail.com. The PDF file name and email subject line should read YOURNAME Titan Crane Sonica 17 Application.
(e.g. Jim Smith Titan Crane Sonica 17 Application.)

Deadline: 12 noon, Wednesday 21st June 2017

More info here.

Writing the Future – Open Call for Composers and Music Creators

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Deadline – 26th May 2017

The London Sinfonietta’s mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today’s culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent. Founded in 1968, the ensemble’s commitment to new music has seen it commission over 350 works, and premiere many hundreds more.

We are pleased to announce the next round of our Writing the Future scheme, an open-call programme that supports the careers of composers and music creators through the process of making new work with the ensemble.

This new Writing the Future programme lasts for approximately two years, allowing for longer and innovative new works to be made and performed. Previous Writing the Future composers have gone on to release music on labels such as NMC, have had their music performed in the London Sinfonietta’s season and received further commissions from the ensemble.

Those selected to be part of the programme will be offered:

At least one chamber commission to be performed by the London Sinfonietta in a future main season event.

A close working relationship with members of the ensemble to develop ideas. An introduction to music industry professionals who can advise on different aspects of career development.

Opportunities to work on different aspects of the ensemble’s programme – including digital projects, schools and community work and the London Sinfonietta Academy.

Open access to visit London Sinfonietta rehearsals and concerts.

Opportunities for coaching and mentoring from world-leading composers and conductors as part of the London Sinfonietta’s season, and in partnership with the Southbank Centre where the ensemble is a Resident Orchestra.

The London Sinfonietta is at the forefront of developing new music, and we are seeking to include composers and music creators from different social, cultural and musical backgrounds. We are keen to work with artists who will bring new ideas to the ensemble, and explore with us innovative approaches.

For more information on how to apply please go to http://www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk/writing-future

Writing the Future is generously supported by The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Boltini Trust and PRS for Music Foundation.

Call for Electroacoustic Works

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

At RMN Music, we want to discover the next generation of composers that are making works of Electroacoustic Music 

Deadline – 31st May

Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Pierre Schaeffer, Edgar Varèse, Iannis Xenakis, Steve Reich, Milton Babbit, John Cage … Electronic Music, Live Electronics, Electroacoustic Music, Music Concrète, Acousmatic, Soundart, Sound Installation, Soundscapes…

If you use technology to generate, transform, manipulate, create sounds and compositions then this project is what you were looking for.


 We decided to launch this Call for Electroacoustic Works to discover and promote the next generation of composers that create music with instruments different from the tradition.

We are looking for sounds that have never been heard before, innovative ideas, original compositions, outstanding productions, anything able to shape the music culture of tomorrow’s young composers, musicians and audience.

We plan to select the best works and to produce a top quality release to add to our current catalogue. The fresh new album will be produced by RMN Classical and released worldwide through RMN Music. The release will be distributed worldwide in a high-quality edition on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and many other stores. We are currently setting up a physical distribution for all of our releases and we’re glad to add this services to the prize as soon as this will be available.


Professional production of the album, Commercially published by RMN Classical, Worldwide distribution via RMN Music, Design of the cover artwork, Preparation of the liner notes and other promotional text, Get a share of the sales of the album and keep the copyright of your own work & more…

Plase consider read the full guidelines and prize at the link below:

Call for Electroacoustic Works

Bascule Chamber Concerts, 2017

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Two exciting opportunities to perform at this year’s Bascule Chamber Concerts are now open – the unique and atmospheric subterranean space in Tower Bridge. The Bascule Chambers are where Tower Bridge’s huge counterweights swing down as the bridge above ascends.

Curated by Iain Chambers, the Bascule Chambers Concerts made their debut at Totally Thames festival in September 2015 and returned in 2016 to sell-out crowds. This years concerts are being co-curated by DJs, presenters and writers Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt. The team are looking for musicians and spoken word artists and would particularly like to showcase the work of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists. These opportunities are open to all artists regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.


The Bascule Chambers team want to hear your innovative ideas for creating and performing a new 4-6 minute work that responds to this atmospheric underground space inside Tower Bridge. These giant chambers are built into the river itself, beneath the line of the Thames with the underside of the road forming the chambers’ ceiling. Click here to find out more about this remarkable location.

Your piece will be the closing music of all 14 concerts, performed from the floor of the Accumulator Chamber (see picture below), with audience members viewing from the unique vantage point of the spiral staircase, so this is an artist opportunity not to be missed!

Please note:

  • This cylindrical space has a good natural acoustic. The performance will need to be self-contained – there will be no PA available, but performers can use their own portable amplifier if necessary.
  • Due to the tight confines of the space, this opportunity suits music with no more than 1-2 performers.

Your music should complement the rest of the programme without duplicating it – the concerts will feature music by Steve Reich and Langham Research Centre. Ideas responding to the Bascule Chamber space in some way, for example the surrounding water of the River Thames, bridges, subterranean spaces, etc. are especially encouraged.

Spoken Word Artists, Performance Poets

This is an opportunity for you to create new spoken word work to perform at the concerts. These would be 2 x 2-3 minute long spoken word pieces performed live, in between the music repertoire.

You also have the opportunity to create a short pre-recorded spoken word text, to be played as audiences climb down the 100 steps from street level to the Bascule Chamber before concerts. The descent takes a few minutes, and this is aiming to be a creative way to tell audiences about the space they’re entering, so they are engaged as early as possible.


If you want to be considered for these opportunities, the team would like to know more about your work, and what you would bring to these concerts by performing it live.

1. Send a video or audio recording describing who you are, what music/poetry you have made in the past, what your early ideas are for the brief, and how this will work live. This could be as simple as a video recorded on your phone, and should be no more than 5 minutes long.

2. Submit a link to a video or audio recording of you performing existing work.

For more detailed information on the brief click here. Deadline: Friday 26 May, 5pm to basculechambers@gmail.comIf you need any help with your application, or you have any questions email the team on: basculechambers@gmail.com. Successful entries will be chosen by Thursday 15 June.

Iain Chambers and the Bascule Chamber Concerts are supported by PRS for Music Foundation, and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Applause Music Concert Series Call for Scores (Fixed Media/Electro Acoustic)

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

The Applause Music Concert Series is seeking works for Tape/Mixed Media for up to four channels (4.1 sound). Electro-Acoustic works will also be considered, but it will be up to the composer to secure their own perform to play the piece. The selected compositions will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas on July 15th, 2017.

To submit, please send an email to applausemusicfestival@gmail.com with the following information:

1. Your Name
2. Title of the Work and its Length
3. 1 attached score (if applicable)
4. A mp3 or link to soundcloud/youtube of the work submitted

Those selected are highly encouraged to join us for the concert, but attendance is not required to be selected.

Scores must be submitted by June 15th, 2017. There is no entry fee for this call for scores.


Bromley Symphony Orchestra Centenary Composition Competition

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The BSO committee is seeking a new work for full orchestra to celebrate our 100th anniversary. (Works previously performed in concert will not be considered.) The adjudicator will be Dr Robert Saxton, whose decision will be final. He will choose the winners from the top three finalists, as voted on by the orchestra.

The winner, who must be a UK resident, will receive £1500. The winning work will receive its first public performance in our 2018-2019 season (concert planned for March 2019). The second prize will be £500. The committee reserves the right to select additional works for performance and may assign additional prize money for this purpose.

The work must be ‘celebratory’ in nature, no longer than 12 minutes in duration and composed for symphony orchestra including triple wind (with normal doublings available). Please limit percussion to a maximum of three players, and check with us at the email address below before including unusual instruments, electronics etc. For level of difficulty, composers should be guided by excerpts on our website: www.bromleysymphony.org/archive.

Scores must be submitted by 24th March 2018. Electronic realisations may be appended. Shortlisted works will require parts prepared and printed for a workshop in June 2018. The recording made of each of the finalist’s works at the end of the event will be sent to the finalists, but the rights will remain with the Bromley Symphony Orchestra. At the workshop final, our playing members will vote on the shortlisted works, so it is crucial that parts be prepared to a high standard, including rehearsal marks and/or bar numbers. The works will be judged on musical merit as well as on practicality of performance. They will all be conducted on the day by our conductor, Adrian Brown.

Scores may be submitted on our website, by email (PDF attachment) to competition (at) bromleysymphony.org or by post to PO Box 1065, Bromley BR1 9QD.

Please include contact details (name, email and phone number), a brief biography and a programme note for your work. However, personal details must not appear on the score or parts, as the works will be judged anonymously.

British Music for flute solo

May 14, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Iwona Glinka (Athens-based flutist) is seeking for new works for performance and recording by British composers. Submissions must be not yet commercially released on recording. It is acceptable if the music has been disseminated on the Internet via YouTube, Soundcloud, personal web sites, etc., as long as a commercial recording has not yet been produced.

Submissions must be for flute solo (piccolo, flute, alto, bass) works. The style is open to the taste of the composer.

The intention for selected submissions is to present them in live performance in programs and then to record them for a CD made up exclusively of submissions from this call to be released on Sarton Label Full physical and digital distribution via Warner Music, Naxos Music Library, Linn, Hdtracks, Qobuz, HighResAudio, eClassical, theClassicalShop.net, iTrax, ProStudioMasters, Onkyo, iTunes and more.

– No fee.

– Multiple submissions are accepted.

– Provide a maximum 150-word biography and 150-word program notes in English

– Upload a score as a PDF file to info@phasma-music.com

– Demo recordings are welcome via a link to Dropbox, Soundcloud, or other external hosting site. Please do not email audio files.

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