Crown Court Church of Scotland, Covent Garden, invites entries for its Tercentenary Anthem Composition Competition.
Compositions are invited from composers aged 28 or under* on 31 December 2018 to set a biblical text from Haggai Chapter 2, for four part mixed choir (with optional divisi in the soprano line). The choir is a small but musically competent chamber choir. Settings must include organ accompaniment and should last no longer than 4 minutes. The compositions must be currently unpublished works.
The winning composition will be premiered at the Tercentenary Celebration Service on Sunday 24 March 2019, and it is hoped that it will become part of the regular anthem repertoire of the choir.
Entries will be adjudicated by eminent British composer Professor Robert Saxton (Worcester College, Oxford), Kyle Macdonald (Senior Social Media Editor, Classic FM), and Director of Music Dr Geoffrey Higgins.
The winning composition will receive a prize of £600, with a runner-up prize of £150.
The deadline for entries is Friday January 11 2019.
Text to be set: Haggai: Chapter 2
Be strong all you people of the land,
for I am with you and my spirit remains among you.
I will once more shake the heavens and the earth,
the sea and the dry land.
I will shake all nations,
and the desired of all nations will come,
and I will fill this house with glory,
and in this place I will grant peace.
Entries should be accompanied by a short biography of the composer and sent by PDF to:
Or by post to:
Tercentenary Composition Competition
Crown Court Church of Scotland
to arrive no later than January 11 2019.
All entries received will be acknowledged.
To help you, we have included a short audio file of the choir:
*Note on the Age Limit:
The age limit for this competition reflects its purpose: to encourage young student composers and recent graduates to compose for the church context and engage positively with sacred choral music in the context of the celebration of our Tercentenary year. The competition is therefore aimed at composers who have not yet had their work published extensively, and is designed to assist with the often difficult transition from educational training to the professional working environment.