London Oriana Choir five15 Composer Competition 2019

Deadline: 8 March 2019 11:45

The London Oriana Choir is proud to announce the launch of a competition to find our fourth five15 composer-in-residence.
The competition is open to women aged between 18 and 25 years old (as on 31st July 2019) inclusive. The prize offered to the winner is to become the choir’s Composer-in-Residence for a year from 1st August 2019 – 31st July 2020 and will be commissioned to compose three pieces of music during this time. The winner will receive £1,500 paid in instalments across the year on successful delivery of each of the three pieces.

You are invited to compose a piece of music up to a maximum performance length of 5 minutes, for either SATB or SSAATTBB. You may also make use of up to 4 solo lines (one each of S, A, T, or B) but the focus of the writing should be for the main choir, who should not just be used as accompaniment for the solo lines.

A PDF of the full score, and a MIDI file or audio recording of the piece should be submitted, along with a competition entry form (which can be found at the end of this briefing pack). All entries should be submitted to by 11:59pm on 8th March 2019.

Entries will be judged by a panel which currently includes, Suzi Digby (conductor), Cecilia McDowall (composer), Tim Brooke (Head of Repertoire Development, Faber Music) and Dominic Ellis-Peckham (Musical Director, London Oriana Choir).

There will be an opportunity for the 8 semi-finalists to hear their pieces performed by the choir at an open rehearsal on 8th May 2019. This will be a chance for each composer to interact with the choir and help you develop the final piece. Finalists will then have two until midnight on 22nd May to finalise the piece. The panel will meet again as soon as possible after this date to select the final 4 pieces. These will be performed at the choir’s performance in early July (exact date TBC) and a winner will be announced at the concert.

​For more details and application forms please click on more info.