THE NIGHT WITH… 2019 CALL FOR SCORE FOR EMERGING COMPOSERS

Deadline: 1 October 2019 17:00

The Night With…Call for scores for The Hermes Experiment (soprano, clarinet, harp, double bass)

Workshop in Scottish Music Centre, 24th November

Concerts week of 25th November

The Night With… announces its third call for scores for emerging composers for works for The Hermes Experiment to be performed at The Night With…  The Hermes Experiment concerts in November. The concert will also include works by Matthew Grouse, Josephine Stephenson, Robin Haigh and Meredith Monk.

From the initial submissions up to five works will be chosen for a workshop with The Hermes Experiment on 24th November in the Scottish Music Centre, Glasgow (time tbc). Fewer may be selected at the discretion of the judges. One of the five works will be chosen to feature in The Night With… concerts later in the week. This call for scores is as much about finding and developing interesting new music and composers as finding a new work that will fit within the programme.

Scores will be assessed entirely anonymously and The Night With…, as an inclusive organisation, particularly welcomes applications from emerging female and non-binary composers based in Scotland.

All scores must be submitted under a pseudonym. Any scores with identifying marks will be discarded.

The shortlist will be chosen by a panel consisting of representatives from The Hermes Experiment, Matthew Whiteside (CEO/Artistic Director of The Night With…) and a composer external from the programme.

Works are ideally for the full quartet (soprano, clarinet, harp, double bass). Subsets of the ensemble down to duo will be accepted but are not encouraged. Solo pieces will not be accepted.

Instrument specific information:

-Soprano range: middle C (C4) to high C (C6)

-Double bass has a low C extension

-You can write for and/or include the bass clarinet in your piece

Submissions can be between 5 and 10 minutes long.

Pieces must not have been premiered, however they do not necessarily have to be written for this call.

It is the responsibility of the composer to acquire any rights or permissions to text used in the pieces. By submitting to this call for scores the composer confirms that these have been obtained.

It is recognized that composers can begin their career at any age. Therefore ‘emerging’ is defined by the composer themselves though will be at the discretion of judges. Example definitions of emerging include: 

  • Currently in education or recently left.
  • Have worked with an orchestra for a development opportunity (e.g. RSNO Composers Hub, LSO Soundhub) but not received regular commissions orchestral or otherwise.
  • Not have an exclusive agreement with a publisher.

These are not exhaustive examples.

It is intended that the workshop will be documented through recording and photography/film. This is so that the composers involved will have a read-through recording and/or video of their work for their own non-commercial use (e.g. Soundcloud).

Attendance at the workshop is required. There is a small bursary available to cover travel and accommodation expenses of those selected.

The workshop will be open to the public and free to attend.

For submission details please see attached pdf PDF iconcalls_for_scores_2019_-_hermes.pdf