Lichfield Festival Young Composer’s Competition

March 9, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Continuing the focus on developing young talent, the Lichfield Festival is launching its first Young
Composers Competition for 2015 with a view to it becoming an integral part of the Festival’s ASPIRE
Learning programme for the future.
The Lichfield Festival was established in 1981 and has developed to become one of the Midlands’
leading arts organisations, bringing performers from across the world to the Staffordshire city. The
Festival has a longstanding reputation for presenting celebrated orchestras and classical musicians;
many of whom made their professional debut at the Festival or appeared here at the early stages of
their careers. This reputation for fostering young talent continues to the present day with an annual
programme of Young Artist recitals and a thriving Learning and Participation programme engaging
children and young people in arts activities ranging from music composition to community arts to
digital media projects.
Hear My Voice
Hear My Voice is a three year programme activity working with various at risk groups across the
West Midlands. Since January 2013, the project has engaged with service users at Lichfield and
Sandwell Women’s Aid Centres, Women’s Hostels, patients and families at Acorns Children’s Hospice
and Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, pupils at Bridge PRU and from primary schools across Lichfield,
student performers in Lichfield, Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. The project will
culminate in a showcase at the Lichfield Festival in July 2015, featuring new work from young
performers across the district alongside an exhibition of all the work created since the project began
in 2013.
The Lichfield Festival is looking for two Young Composers to write a new song for Youth Choirs to
perform at this showcase event. It should be a celebration of the themes of the Hear My Voice
project – freedom, hope, empowerment and self-confidence. The winning pieces will be performed
at the start at end of the concert evening to an audience of up to 900 people.
 The 2015 Competition is open to young composers aged under 26 yrs living in the UK.
 Applications will be judged in two categories: Under 18s and 18 – 26yrs.
 An entry can be submitted by more than one person (e.g a joint collaboration between a
Applicants are required to write a song (music & lyrics) suitable for young voices (mixed
school choirs aged 11-16), in maximum 2 part harmony. Short solo passages may be
included for performance by individual members of the choir.
 The accompaniment should be for piano or the song can be a cappella.
 A piano score plus a recording of the music (lyrics optional) will need to be submitted either
online or in paper/CD format. Online submissions should be in PDF form. Hand written
submissions are allowed but must be legible.
 The composer should include the title of the song on each page of the manuscript, along
with a page number. NO OTHER information (name/age/etc) is to be included on the score.
 Entries will be judged blind with no reference to the identity of the composer.
 The composition must be completely original. Lyrics must be original, out of copyright or
taken from the supporting Hear My Voice material (see enclosed information pack).
 The composition must not have been previously submitted for any form of competition,
previous performance or publication (including self-publication or internet publication).
 The composition should be a maximum of 4 minutes in length.
 By entering the competition, the composer gives permission for Lichfield Festival to copy
and distribute the song for rehearsal and performance by school and youth choirs at the
Hear My Voice event.
 Lichfield Festival Ltd hereby recognises the absolute copyright of all composers who submit
entries to this Competition.
 All entries must be submitted before 10am on 1
st April 2015.
 Short listed entrants for each category will be notified within 2 weeks of the closing date
with the overall winners announced shortly afterwards.
 In all cases, the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
The winning entry will have its debut performance by the Youth Choirs at the Hear My Voice event in
Lichfield Cathedral in July 2015. The winners and all short listed entrants will be invited to attend the
event and the winning composers welcomed onstage for a short presentation.
The winner of each category will also receive a Festival Ticket Pass for themselves and a friend or
family member to attend any events of their choice during the Lichfield Festival 2015 as well as a
contribution of vouchers for music books.
Additional Information:
A source pack featuring written work and images of artwork created from the Hear My Voice project
to date is included with this application form.
Additional copies can be downloaded from our Festival website or
requested by email to .