Composition competition – companion piece to “From Tallis to Swayne”

March 3, 2016 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside



From Tallis to Swayne


New Cambridge Singers

Newe Vialles

Consort of brass


Prize £500, plus at least two performances in Cambridge and London


From Tallis to Swayne is a brand new programme from NCS.  We shall be giving it twice in April next year, once in Cambridge and once in London.   There’s the possibility of taking the concert elsewhere too, and we will announce this as soon as it is confirmed.


This new exciting venture will include a commission by Giles Swayne for choir and viols; the programme will also feature Tallis’ amazing motet in 40 parts.   We shall be performingSpem in alium, with 30 voice parts, 5 viols and 5 Renaissance brass instruments.    Also in the programme will be music by Lassus and Byrd, and the audience will take part in Tallis’ very well-known Canon.


To give the audience, not to mention composers, something more challenging, we are inviting any composer to write a 5 minute companion piece to be part of these concerts.  We are asking composers to offer works written for NCS’s usual four part SATB voices (with soli/divisi as necessary), with 5 piece Renaissance brass ensemble (2 cornetts, 3 sackbuts) and audience chorus.  This unusual combination could be a useful challenge for composers who want experience writing for their communities and supporters. The audience chorus must be simple enough to be performed by amateurs on one rehearsal.   We imagine it will be in one or two parts (male/female, e.g.).


Entries will be judged by Christopher Brown, Giles Swayne and Graham Walker, NCS Musical Director.


Anyone can submit a work; there are no age or nationality limits.


Closing Date:  1st September 2016


For more information and entry form please visit :

For enquiries and to submit scores please contact:

This project has been funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.