Norwich Baroque

The 5th Losh-Atkinson Historic Sounds Composition Competition

We will shortly be launching the 5th Losh-Atkinson Historic Sounds Composition Competition. If you have entered before, please do again... if you haven't and fancy a challenge then go for it! This year there is a new twist to it.....
JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT IT IS ABOUT, HERE ARE LAST YEAR'S RULES.
THE 5th YEAR WILL BE LUNCHED in AUGUST 2017.......


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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED... YEAR 5 to launch shortly.


The LOSH-ATKINSON HISTORIC SOUNDS COMPOSITION COMPETITION - yr 4 -


Norwich Baroque is keen to widen the appreciation of Baroque music by challenging composers to experiment with the sounds and styles of the 17th and early 18th centuries to produce a work with a distinctive 21st century flavour.

OUTLINE

Composers of any age, nationality or background are invited to compose a new piece for the British early music ensemble, Norwich Baroque (Patron: Michael Chance).

Entries will be judged by a panel comprising:

- Dr Simon Heighes - music historian, broadcaster, writer and honorary friend of Norwich Baroque.
- Jim O’Toole - violinist and director of Norwich Baroque
- Dr Jonathan Girling - composer and musical director

A shortlist of no more than 4 works will be selected and then performed before the judging panel in Norwich after the closing date 1st April 2017. The winner will be selected at the live judging as part of the "Friends of Norwich Baroque reception" in June 2017

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COMPETITION RULES

- Entry is open to composers of any age and from any country.

- The composition should last no more than 10 minutes

- The composition should demonstrate knowledge of, but not be constrained by, 18th century harmony, form, counterpoint & orchestration. It could for example take the form of an overture, dance suite or concerto grosso but does not of necessity have to adhere to any of these frameworks.

AND...

- Rather than pastiche, the composition should demonstrate originality of ideas to create a 21st century work with baroque roots.


- The composition should be scored for a standard four-part string ensemble comprised of about 12 players including continuo.
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HOW TO ENTER

- Application forms can be obtained from Norwich Baroque at janeslocombe@btinternet.com .There is no charge for entering.

- The closing date will be 1st April 2017. Ideally, entrants should produce their composition using computerised publishing software, and send a bar-numbered full score as a pdf to Norwich Baroque at the email address above.

- Entries received after the deadline of 1st April 2017 will not be considered.

- All composers will be contacted by e-mail early in May 2017; the composers of up to 4 short-listed works will then be asked to send a full set of bar numbered performance parts to the same address

- Entries will not accepted from Members of Norwich Baroque, their close relatives or relatives of the judging panel.
“Members of Norwich Baroque” are defined as people who have played more than once for the ensemble.

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JUDGING CRITERIA

The short-listed works will be judged on the following criteria:

1. skilled use of compositional techniques
2. innovation of composition fused with awareness of effective writing for early music ensemble.
3. potential player and audience enjoyment.

-The winning composer will be selected and formally announced at the Friends reception in June 2017. (date tbc)

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THE PRIZE

- The prize offered is a £500
- The winning composition will be premiered at the Norwich Baroque concerts on 21st and 22nd of July 2017
- The winning composer will be interviewed for Bar Lines, the quarterly news letter of Norwich Baroque and will be encouraged to meet the panel (some assistance with travel costs and accommodation may be provided).
- The winner will receive a complimentary set of tickets for the concert for up to 4 people.

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COPYRIGHT AND PERMISSIONS

• By submitting your composition, you grant NB, free of charge, permission to use the work for future performances, always credited to you

• Copyright will remain with you after the premiere and the aforementioned permission is non-exclusive.

• All entries, including composers’ details, may be used in publicity campaigns post competition.

• Any competitor under the age of 18 who wins the competition and therefore travels to the performance must be accompanied by a responsible person aged over 18.

• Norwich Baroque reserves the right to
1. cancel or adapt the competition if unforeseen circumstances arise
2. vary or change the prize details
3. disqualify any entrant who breaches the rules or who commits a fraud, at any stage.

• Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and agree to be bound by them by entering the competition.

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PERSONAL DATA

• The personal data of the entrants will kept secret from the panel until after the winner has been chosen. The works will, until then, be identified solely by a number. The person receiving the entries and dealing with administration will have no part in the judging process.

• Personal data will not be passed to any third party without the composer’s permission.

GOOD LUCK !