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Summary:Choir competition with two categories
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Date Posted: 14 December 2017
1. The Competition is open to any composer.
2. The Competition has no age restrictions.
3. Two cash prizes, each of £1000 will be awarded to the winner of both Categories (Adult Male Choir and Cambiata Choir), plus a runner-up and third prize of £500 and £250 for the Adult Classes only.
4. Other ‘Certificates of Commendation’ may be awarded. In the event of an entry being submitted by two or more people (e.g. lyricist and composer) the cash prize will be shared.
5. The composition must be completely original. Arrangements are not allowed. However, lyrics can be used which the composer can prove are out of copyright or for which the composer has written permission for their use. (Evidence must accompany the entry.)
6. The composition must not have previously been submitted for any form of publication (including self publishing on any internet site), any form of competition or previous performance.
7. The composition must be set for male choir (TTBB or Cambiata). Scores not appropriately laid out for the selected ensemble will be rejected from the adjudication process.
8. The composition should not exceed three minutes in length and may be accompanied or unaccompanied. The composition will be judged on its musical merit, appropriateness for the selected genre and the suitability of the text setting. The actual choice of lyrics / text will not be adjudicated.
9. If the composition is not of English text/lyrics, then a translation into English must also be provided on a separate sheet, if needed.
10. By entering this Competition, the composer gives permission for the Festival to copy and distribute any entry for four distinct purposes only:
a. For the winning entry to be sung by an ensemble at the Presentation Evening in the Autumn of 2018;
b. For any choir wishing to sing a Competition entry during the 2019 Festival and specifically for the winning entry to be officially premièred during the 2019 Festival;
c. For choir learning audio tracks to be produced to facilitate learning of the music.
d. For the winning entry to be available on our website and for use of participating choirs of the Festival , and at any point present or future (see note under ‘Publication and Copyright’)
11. In all cases, the decision of the Adjudicator is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

12. Entries may be submitted on paper or electronically.
13. Electronic submission can be in any music scoring software format though Sibelius is preferred. Please discuss (by email or telephone) other formats with the Festival Director prior to submission
14. If using Sibelius, please also send a version in Sibelius Student, and a PDF.
15. Please be aware that all paper entries and those submitted as .pdf files will be electronically scanned into Sibelius for ease of adjudication and for purposes as described in 8 above.
16. Paper entries must be submitted only on white, A4 size manuscript paper, written in black ink. Such manuscript entries must be written on one side of the paper only. Please be aware that, while every effort will be made to ensure the accuracy of the finished electronic file following the entry being scanned, no guarantees are either given or implied that such scanning will result in a 100% accurate copy of any manually submitted original. The Festival cannot be held liable for any scanning errors and scanned files will not be returned to composers for proofing. If a handwritten score proves incapable of being scanned, the composer will be notified and offered advice for resubmission (as long as the competition closing deadline can still be met). Hand written scores along with their electronic equivalent will be submitted together for adjudication.
17. Composers submitting entries on paper are advised to keep copies in case their work becomes lost in the post. The Festival is unable to return any material submitted on paper.
18. Since all scores will be submitted to the adjudicator anonymously, entries (in any format) must only contain the title of the piece (which can be repeated as a footer on each page if desired). Entries must NOT be identifiable by containing either copyright information or the composer’s name. Pages should be numbered sequentially. If composers feel insecure regarding copyright issues, the UK Copyright Service ( has further information on the matter.
19. The Festival accepts no responsibility for the non-arrival of any entries submitted by post.
20. The cost of entry is £20 per item submitted. You may submit more than one entry.
21. Entries, the application form and appropriate fee should be submitted either by post to:

Robert T. Elliott, Festival Director, Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, 19 Shakespeare Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 8HD, or electronically to
to arrive no later than Saturday 31st March 2018.

23. Wherever possible, entries will be acknowledged by return.
22. For internet bank payments, the details are: Barclays, King Street Truro Branch
Sort Code 20-87-94 Account Number 20851167
Account Name Cornwall International Male Choral Festival Ltd (or CIMCF LTD)
Reference Your surname preceded by the letters “CC”
N.B. if payments arrive to our account without the correct reference, your entry will not be valid.

24. The winning composition(s) will be put onto the Festival website, and then available as a PDF for any choir to download and use it/perform it without charge. This will give the composition maximum coverage and hopefully be sung by many more choirs than could be imagined otherwise, enabling the composer to become more widely known and thus leading to future commissions and projects.
25. From October 1st 2019, the winner shall have the option of continuing to allow the composition to be accessed via the website, as above, or having it withdrawn for the purposes of publication independently. If the latter is chosen, then this request must be made in writing to the Festival Director any time from 1st October 2019, allowing 4 weeks from the date of the notification for the removal from the website.

26. Adjudication will take place during April and May 2018.
27. The Prize winners of each category and those receiving commendations will be notified during June 2018 and then subsequently announced on the Festival website and in a press release.
28. The prize and any commendation certificates will be awarded at the Presentation Evening to be held in Autumn 2018 (Date TBA) in Truro. All competition entrants will be invited.
29. The Festival is unable to pay any expenses towards entrants attending the Presentation Evening.
30. The winning items will be sung by an appropriate ensemble to an audience of sponsors, patrons, board and company members, and other invited guests.
31. During the Presentation Evening, the Adjudicator will make general remarks related to the quality of the compositions and important issues he feels need expanding upon. He will also comment briefly on selected individual entries. He will outline his reasons for selecting the winning entry and any selected for special commendation. Time will not permit a detailed adjudication on each entry during the evening. However, a short written critique of each entry will be provided to composers attending the Presentation Evening or in the post afterwards.
32. The Adjudicator will be available for short discussion with individual composers following announcements and the presentation.