United Kingdom – Music composers from around the world can now submit their entries for the 2019 London Composition Awards.
Interested composers can submit entries in the following 11 categories:
- Orchestral Composition (symphony orchestra)
- Orchestral Composition (chamber orchestra)
- Chamber Composition (piano trio)
- Chamber Composition (string quartet)
- Chamber Composition (other string ensembles)
- Chamber Composition (wind ensemble)
- Chamber Composition (choral ensemble)
- Chamber Composition (other/mixed ensemble)
- Solo Composition (with accompaniment)
- Solo Composition (without accompaniment – piano)
- Solo Composition (without accompaniment – other solo instruments)
The standard deadlines are 2 August and 2 September. The final deadline is 11 October.
The nomination list will be released on 2 November and the winners announced on 9 November. Five composers will be nominated in each category and 10 will be nominated for Best Overall Composition.
Requirements vary in each category.
- Woodwinds: At least 2, 2, 2, 2. Extra parts and doubling optional.
- Brass: At least 4, 3, 3, 1. Extra parts and doubling optional.
- Percussion: At least timp. Other percussion parts (tuned and untuned) optional.
- Strings: Large string section. Harp, violins I, violins II, violas, cellos, basses.
- Other: Piano, celesta, harpsichord, organ, and any non-standard or electric instruments are optional. Choirs/vocalists and instrumental soloists are also optional.
- Woodwinds: At least two woodwind parts in total.
- Brass: Optional.
- Percussion: Optional.
- Strings: Moderate string section. violins I, violins II, violas, cellos, basses.
- Other: Harp, piano, celesta, harpsichord, organ, and any non-standard or electric instruments are optional. Vocalists and instrumental soloists are also optional.
- Piano + violin + cello or piano + two other solo instruments.
- Violin I, violin II, viola, cello.
Other String Ensemble
- Any combination of at least three, but no more than 10 string instruments.
- Any combination of at least three, but no more than 10 woodwind and brass instruments.
- Any vocal ensemble with at least three parts; can be as large as a full-sized choir. Can be written for any assortment of voices (SATB, SSAA, TTBB, etc.) Piano or organ accompaniment is optional.
- Any combination of at least 3, but no more than 10 instruments (either standard or non-standard or electric).
Solo instrument with accompaniment
- One solo instrument (piano accepted) and one accompaniment (harp, piano, harpsichord, or other).
Solo Piano without accompaniment
- Solo piano.
Other Solo instrument without accompaniment
- Solo instrument (any excluding piano).
To qualify for this competition, the entrant must:
- Be 18 years old and above.
- Submit only one original work (2-8 minutes).
- Submit the score in PDF format.
- Pay the required entry fee of £10 (about $12) before the standard deadline. After that date, the fee will be raised to £15, and then once again to £20 before the final deadline.
- Submit a digitally rendered or live-performed audio file of the same work.
The overall winner will receive a cash prize of a £500 and a collection of virtual prizes such as notation software, digital audio workstations and virtual instruments, among others, whereas the winners of each category will receive £300 along with virtual prizes.
The nominees in each category will also receive a small prize package.
The guidelines and application form are available here.