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The Gesualdo Six Composition Competition 2018-19

 The Gesualdo Six Composition Competition 2018-19
Summary:AATTBarB Voice Competition
Deadline: 18 December 2018
Date Posted: 26 September 2018
Details: Composers are invited to submit a new work for The Gesualdo Six’s second Composition Competition. The winning works will be premiered by the ensemble at Cadogan Hall on Thursday 7 March 2019 and will be considered for publication by Novello & Co Ltd, part of the Music Sales Group of Companies. A prize fund of £1000 is available.

About the competition

Composers are invited to set one of the texts printed below, with the final a cappella composition lasting between three and five minutes in total. Successful compositions will take into account the vocal requirements of the ensemble.

This competition is open to all composers, divided into two age categories: 21 years and under, and 22 years and above. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 5pm.

2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War; three texts have been chosen with this in mind, including poems by Christina Rossetti and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Words by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge and Ivor Gurney are also included, alongside two sacred Latin antiphons.

The competition will be judged by a specially convened panel including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Nigel Short, Kate Johnson, Owain Park and members of The Gesualdo Six. In addition, John Rutter will hold an online Q&A session on score presentation before the submission deadline, providing composers with an opportunity to learn from his vast experience of publishing scores and notating music for their own submissions.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
1. Entrants are required to submit a setting of one of the six texts printed within this document. 2. The work should be scored for six unaccompanied voices (AATTBarB).
3. The work should ideally last between three and five minutes based on a metronome mark given at the head of the composition, but works outside of this guideline will be considered.
4. Scores may be handwritten or computer-set but in any case should be suitable for performance without further typesetting. Entries must not bear the name of the composer but should use a pseudonym (or a random code of letters/numbers).
5. The competition is open to composers of any nationality and of any age. 6. Only one application per composer will be considered.

SUBMISSIONS
1. Postal submissions
a. Scores should be sent to: Owain Park, The Old Music Office, Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ.
b. The composer should use a pseudonym (or code) on the printed score.
c. One unbound copy of the score should be sent.
d. The application form below should be completed, and should be enclosed with a copy of the first page of music from the score in a separate sealed envelope marked clearly with the pseudonym used.
e. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 5pm. 2. Email submissions
a. Scores should be sent in PDF form to: composers@thegesualdosix.co.uk. This email address will be monitored by an external administrator; only the scores will be seen by members of the panel when adjudicating.
b. The composer should use a pseudonym (or code) on the score.
c. The application form below should be completed, and should be attached as part of the email submission.
d. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 5pm.

PRIZE FUND
1. A prize fund of £1000 is available, to be allocated at the panel’s discretion.
2. In the event of a winning entry in both categories, the prizes will be split accordingly: - 21 years and under: £400
- 22 years and above: £600


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