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Alumni Composition Competition 2020

17 July 2020

Composer's hands at a piano

The School of Music’s alumni composition competition has opened for entries.

We are delighted to invite alumni and graduates of the School of Music to submit scores to the competition. This year’s winning entry will be performed by Cardiff University Chamber Orchestra in Spring 2021, with rehearsals due to begin in late November 2020.

The competition was launched in 2018, with entries from alumni of the School of Music spanning over 30 years.

Last year’s winning composition was written by PhD student Lucy McPhee and was inspired by the Welsh folklore tale of Blodeuwedd.

All alumni of the School of Music are invited to enter. Works that have been performed previously, along with previously unperformed works, are welcome.

Cardiff University School of Music has a distinguished roster of composer 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. To strengthen these connections and support the musical growth of our alumni, we are delighted to announce the third annual competition.

Technical information

Duration: Scores should be between 7' and 15' minutes'

Instrumentation: Works should be scored for the following chamber orchestra set up:

Scores should be submitted in PDF format to by 4pm on Monday 12th October.

Scores will be anonymised and submitted for consideration by a panel which will include the conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra, Andrea Quinn.

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