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School of Music launches composition competition for alumni

16 July 2018

Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra Performing

Cardiff University School of Music has launched an annual composition competition for alumni of the School.

To support the fantastic ongoing work of our alumni, one composition by a School of Music alumnus will be performed each year by the Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra (CUSO).

The School of Music has a distinguished roster of composition alumni from past and present, including Grace Williams, Alun Hoddinott, Hilary Tann, and Philip Cashian, as well as a strong community of current and recent undergraduate and postgraduate composers.

The inaugural winner will have their piece performed by CUSO on Sunday 31 March 2019 at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

All alumni of the School of Music are invited to enter. The chosen score will be selected by members of Composition and Academic staff along with the Symphony Orchestra’s conductor, Mark Eager.

There is no age limit for applicants, all alumni of the School of Music are invited to enter.

Works that have been performed previously will be welcome as the School is looking for quality and suitability for performance by CUSO.

Previously unperformed works are also welcome and encouraged for submission.

The composer of the winning work must be available to attend the final rehearsals and the performance, and may be asked to make minor changes to the score as needed for rehearsals and a performance by CUSO.

Duration: Scores should be between 7’ and 20’ minutes.

Instrumentation: Works should be scored for orchestra only, with the following specification as maximum:
3(inc. picc).2.3(inc. bc).2/ (ca.

Please submit a PDF of a full score, along with a 100-word biography and composer’s year of graduation to by 17:00 on Monday 1 October 2018.

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