RNS Young Composers' Competition Open
Royal Northern Sinfonia is passionate about the sound world of the classical chamber orchestra – the committed playing; the importance of each individual contribution; the clarity, finesse and focus of sound it can produce. That’s why we are always keen to add new works to our repertoire for the core chamber orchestra line-up.
As we celebrate 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, Royal Northern Sinfonia is commissioning five young composers to write a piece in response to his body of work. These new commissions will be performed by RNS in the North East in the context of a Beethoven symphony cycle in the 2020 calendar year.
To apply, please submit the following to [email protected] by 9am on Monday 17 June.
- An anonymous portfolio of two original scores as PDFs, including at least one for a large instrumental ensemble
- Anonymous audio files (MP3 or WAV) of the works, where possible
- An anonymous proposal for a piece of up to 8 minutes in response to Beethoven (maximum 500 words)
- A composer CV or biography
- An anonymous (not including your name) reference from a member of composition staff at your university/college about your work. Referees should send references directly to [email protected]
Stage One – Shortlisting
From the submissions, a gender-balanced shortlist of composers will be selected. Those shortlisted will be asked to develop a piece from their proposal which will then be workshopped by RNS in the Autumn.
Submissions will be assessed by a panel of experienced composers using the following criteria:
- Creativity and development of musical ideas
- Sustainability for chamber orchestra context
- Appropriate technical ability for the orchestra
- Originality of compositions
- High standard of score presentation and formatting
Stage Two – Commissions
From the shortlist, five composers will be commissioned to complete their original piece to be performed by RNS across the North East during 2020:
- Scores for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings (188.8.131.52.2)
- Auxiliary instruments can be used (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, cor anglais, E flat clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabassoon), but no other additional instruments are permitted
Composers offered a commission will receive £1000 each.
Criteria and Eligibility
The competition is open to all students studying full or part-time at a UK university or conservatoire at undergraduate or post-graduate level during the 19/20 academic year.
Previously performed or commissioned works and previous award winners are not eligible.