Applications are now invited for the Festival of Young Composers Competition 2021-2022.

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This year entrants may present their music either through a live performance or as a digital recording. In either case, entrants must submit a written or printed score by the closing date and attend the Performance and Adjudication Day when their composition will be played. Closing date for entries is 6 December 2021.


 Category A with live performance 

Age on
6 Dec 2021
Composition
Time Limit
   
14 and under Under 4 minutes First Prize
Runner Up
£100
£50
16 and under Under 5 minutes First Prize
Runner Up
£150
£75
19 and under Under 6 minutes First Prize
Runner Up
£200
£100

 

  1. All entries must be accompanied by a written, printed or digital copy of the score and may optionally include a CD or audio file of a performance. The writing down of the composition, whether in manuscript or using a score-writing program, must be the composer’s own work.
  2. All compositions in Category A must be played and/or sung live at the Performance and Adjudication Day on Sunday 6 Feb 2022. Composers are responsible for providing players and/or singers, and any instruments other than piano. A piano will be available at the venue. The quality of the live performance will not be assessed but the performance should display the effectiveness of the composition. Any improvisation or partially notated parts must be performed or directed by the composer. The use of backing tracks is not allowed.
  3. Compositions in Category A may use any combination of voices and instruments for up to twelve performers.
  4. Selected winning compositions in Category A will be performed during the Petersfield Musical Festival at a Youth Concert in March 2022.

 Category B with score and recorded submission 

Age on
6 Dec 2021
Composition
Time Limit
   
14 and under Under 4 minutes First Prize £50
16 and under Under 5 minutes First Prize £75
19 and under Under 6 minutes First Prize £100

 

  1. All entries must be accompanied by a written, printed or digital copy of the score, and a CD or audio file of the composition. The writing down of the composition, whether in manuscript or using a score-writing program, must be the composer’s own work.
  2. In Category B entrants must attend the Performance and Adjudication Day on Sunday 6 Feb 2022 when the recording of their composition will be played.

The following points apply to both Category A and B

  1. The closing date for all entries to be in the hands of the Administrator (Mrs Sue Bint, Cefn Coed, 11 Eleanor Close, Passfield. GU30 7TX) is 6 December 2021.
  2. Scores should include details of the duration of the piece, including metronome and tempo indications. Pieces which exceed the maximum time may be disqualified.
  3. Vocal compositions may use words by the composer or from any other source. The quality of the words will not form part of the assessment.
  4. The adjudicators will be Jonathan Willcocks, composer and conductor, and formerly Director of the Junior Department, Royal Academy of Music, Dr Jill Jarman, composer and jazz pianist and Associate Lecturer for Music, University of Chichester, and Philip Young, Chairman of Petersfield Musical Festival and former Director of Studies, Bedales School. All candidates will receive written and spoken adjudications at the Performance and Adjudication Day. Prizes will be awarded at the adjudicators’ discretion. Their decisions are final and no further discussion will be entered into.
  5. All entries will be evaluated using the same criteria. These will include technical knowledge appropriate to the style; idiomatic, resourceful and appropriate use of instruments and/or voices; quality of written presentation; creativity and imagination; effectiveness in performance.
  6. The composer and a guarantor (teacher, parent or guardian) must sign to confirm that the composition is the entrant’s original and unaided work. This does not exclude general guidance such as might be given during composition lessons or in the preparation of a composition for a public examination.
  7. To comply with the objectives of the Michael Hurd Fund, prize winners will be required to account for their use of the prize money in furthering their musical studies.

Closing date for entries is 6 December 2021

The Administrator
Michael Hurd Fund for Young Musicians
Cefn Coed
11 Eleanor Close
Passfield
Hampshire
GU30 7TX

Tel: 01428 751963
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