Announcing a new composition competition from the MMA sponsored by Amadeus Acoustic Solutions.
Release of brief: November 2015
Workshop 1: 2nd December 2015 at
St George’s College, Weybridge
Entry Deadline: 12th February 2016
Top 3 announced: 26th February 2016
Workshop 2: 15th March 2016 at a
Adjudicator: Jonathan Wilcocks
Winners will be announced at the end of the composition day and published in Ensemble magazine. There will be a recording of the piece played by a professional ensemble.
1st prize £300
2nd prize £200
3rd prize £100
Applications are at the bottom of the page.
The Composition Brief.
• To compose a piece for up to a 6 member chamber ensemble with a pupil set brief, lasting at least 2 minutes in duration.
Guidance: Pupils should investigate the characteristics of instruments, instrumental ensembles and instrumental forms associated with music from the chosen period (for example dance suite, sonata, string quartet) to demonstrate understanding of musical conventions in relation to the chosen genre, style or tradition. They should demonstrate their ability to create and develop musical ideas and structures coherently, relating these to their brief and work to sustain a piece with a varied and creative musical outcome. They may work in any style, subject to their brief.
Final submissions should comprise:
· A completed application form
· A document stating the pupil designed brief
· A print out of the score
· A computer generated recording
Amadeus Acoustic Solutions
Creative Intentions Workshop, December 2nd 2015, Weybridge
We are thrilled to have secured composer Aaron Holloway-Nahum to come and give a class on ‘Creative Intentions’ to kick start the competition process and also inspire any composers, on December 2nd at St George’s College, Weybridge. Anyone in years 10+ can attend this 2 hour class, whether they then decide to enter the competition or not; it’s going to be a fabulous afternoon for all those undertaking coursework where composition is required, to ask questions, exchange ideas, think about the creative process and work out where to start on that blank piece of paper! (15.30-17.30)
Composition Workshop Day, March 15th 2016, CVMS London
This day will include a workshop on compositional techniques, in addition to a lecture on general composition. There will be a workshop performance of the three winning compositions that have been chosen by the adjudicator who will also give guidance and host a Q&A session for anyone who would like to bring along their compositions for advice. Structured in a similar way to an ‘INSET on composition’, the day will focus on our students, bringing them together and reminding them that they are not alone!
We do hope you will encourage your students to enter the competition, regardless of whether they and you can attend either the workshop or composition day. Please take from this what will be useful for your school. We do hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity provided by Amadeus to help inspire our next generation of composers further, through meeting, listening, talking, and sharing ideas. A successful first year will inevitably reap further rewards in the future.
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