The Ray Bardsley Carol Composition Prize 2015

August 7, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by newmusicscotland

The Ray Bardsley Carol Composition Prize 2015

Dorking Choral Society’s inaugural composition competition

Dorking Choral Society is pleased to announce its inaugural composition competition, the Ray Bardsley Carol Competition 2015.

Open to composers of all ages and nationalities, and adjudicated by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, and Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, Stephen Jackson, composers are invited to submit a short seasonal work suitable for an amateur choral society, either a cappella or with piano accompaniment.

Dorking Choral Society is delighted to announce a composition competition, to be adjudicated by Judith Weir and Stephen Jackson

Competition Rules
Brief: A short carol for SATB choir, suitable for an amateur choral society. Occasional divisis are
acceptable in the soprano or alto line. The work may be a cappella (unaccompanied), or
accompanied by piano or organ.

Duration: 3 – 5 minutes
Text: Composers may choose their own carol text, which may be sacred or secular in content.
This must be non-copyright and public domain.
Performance: Friday 18 December 2015 7.30pm at St Joseph’s RC Church, Falkland Grove, Dorking, RH4
Dorking Choral Society, conducted by Hilary Campbell
Deadline: Monday 12 October. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
Adjudicators: Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, and Stephen Jackson, Director of the BBC
Symphony Chorus

Anyone, regardless of age or nationality, may enter, other than those persons affiliated with the competition.

Members of Dorking Choral Society and their close relatives, and persons connected to the competition and their close relatives are not eligible to enter.

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £200

All shortlisted composers will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to the concert.

Candidates should submit two bound, double-sided hard copies of the score, computer typeset (handwritten copies are not acceptable).
The score must include a piano reduction for rehearsal purposes.
Candidates should also submit a CV and/or biography, and include contact details.
Entries should be sent to: Dorking Choral Society, c/o Cotswolds, Martineau Drive, Dorking, RH4 2PN
An electronic copy (in PDF format) of the score and a midi file should also be e-mailed to:

Selection Process
A shortlist of up to 6 entrants will be chosen and notified no later than 2 November 2015.
All shortlisted entrants must attend the concert on Friday 18 December 2015, when the pieces will be
premiered in front of an audience and a panel of judges. The judges will select and announce the winners at the end of the concert and will award prizes.
The judges’ selection of the winners is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Text Copyright and Permissions
It is the candidate’s own responsibility to ensure that the text they have set is in the public domain and not subject to any copyright conditions. Failure to do so will disqualify the entry concerned.

Copyright in your composition will remain with you after the premiere and the aforementioned permission is
non-exclusive. You can continue to use the material in any way you wish and you can also permit others to use the material.

All entries, including composers’ details, may be used in publicity campaigns post competition. Photographs
of winning entries may also be used in publicity campaigns.

The shortlisted entrants must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity if required.

General Competition Rules
By submitting your composition, you grant to Dorking Choral Society, free of charge, permission to use the material in any way they wish. In order that Dorking Choral Society can use your composition you must confirm that your composition is:
Your own original work.
Has not previously been performed or published.
Does not infringe any UK laws.

You have the right to give Dorking Choral Society permission to use it for the purposes specified above.
All candidates submitting entries must enclose a signed affirmation that the submitted composition is entirely their own original work and free from plagiarism of the work of others. This affirmation should also state that the text set in the submission is in the public domain and copyright free. The candidates themselves are liable if either of these assertions turns out to be untrue.

Dorking Choral Society reserves the right to alter the competition rules due to unforeseen circumstances.
Any competitor under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The adjudicators’ decision is final.

Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and agree to be bound by them by entering the