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  Leith Hill Musical Festival

Composition Competition 2017


Brief: Music: A piece to be scored for TBB voices and piano

The closing date for entry into our composition competition for a piece scored for TBB and piano has been reached.

The entries will now go to the judges for a decision about which pieces may receive a prize.

The composers have used verses from Shakespeare, the Bible, Emily Bronte, Maya Angelou and many other poets. Some have even written their own words. The subjects are both sacred and secular and the composers come from a wide age range with the youngest being just twenty. The judges will not have an easy job to find a winner from among these pieces.

Thank you to the composers who have shown an interest in the LHMF and entered this special competition. We wish you all well in the judging.

The results of the judging will be announced in September 2017.

  For: Suitable for mixed-ability amateur singers

  Duration: 3 - 4 minutes

  Text: Composers may choose their own text, which may be

  sacred or secular in content and which must be in English.


Prizes: There will be three prizes

  1st Prize: £250 and performance in the LHMF

  2nd Prize: £150

  3rd Prize: £75


Composers: Should be UK resident.

  There is no age restriction.

  There is no entry fee.

  Professional musicians connected with the Festival Choirs

  are not eligible to enter.


Judges: Jonathan Willcocks, LHMF Festival Conductor and another member

  of the Festival Music Committee.


Timetable: Entry is now closed

  1st Sept 2017: Results will be announced/published


Notes: 1. The composer is responsible for obtaining permission to

  use any text which is still in copyright.

  2. Competition entries are to be submitted in conventional

  written vocal score format. Please send two paper copies

  and one pdf.

  3. No audio files are required.

  4. Entries will be judged anonymously.

  5. More than one prize-winning entry may be performed in future

  Festivals if the standard merits this.

  6. LHMF reserves the right not to award specific prizes if the

  Judges do not consider entries to merit them

  7.  Both newly written and pre-existing pieces will be accepted unless they have been commercially published.


Entries to be posted to LHMF Competition Administrator,

  Cotswolds, Martineau Drive, Dorking, RH4 2PN

Pdfs to be emailed to barbarachristopher121@gmail.com



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