London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition

Rules and how to apply

London Music Society was established to find and promote talented composers and soloists from around the world. We aim to provide opportunities for   talented musicians through performance opportunities, recordings, and contacts with music agencies.


London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition  

  • London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition is designed to provide an opportunity for composers to showcase their work. 
  • The competition is open to all nationalities with no age restriction.  
  • Interested candidates are required to present a work of maximum 12 min in duration for string orchestra.   

 Prizes     

  • 1st Prize: The highest scoring work among the finalists shall be featured as the winning work in the Autumn 2017 performance by the London City Philharmonic and will be recorded in a high quality audio & video. The 1st prize winner composition may also be included in a recording of works by contemporary composers by the London City Philharmonic.  
  • 2nd and 3rd Prize winners will be given a performance by the London City Philharmonic at a later date during the 2018/19 season and will be recorded in a high quality audio & video. 
  • A maximum of six honorary mentions will be given by a distinguished panel from the works submitted. These composers will receive a certificate from the London Music Society and will have their names published on the London Music Society website.  


Rules   

  • The work shall not exceed 12 minutes in duration.
  • The string section must be no more than 6-4-4-4-2.
  • The composition could feature a solo violin, viola or cello with the string orchestra.
  • The applicants are welcome to name the submitted work and apply under a pseudonym. Said pseudonym, however, may only be used until the start of the competition. 
  • All applicants are requested to submit their scores without featuring their name. The composer’s full name, email address, telephone number should be included in the email when the score is submitted, so the Competition Office may process the application correctly.  The submitted work need not to have been composed exclusively for the London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition. Meaning it could have been performed previously.    
  • The work may have been performed earlier but it may not have been awarded a prize. 
  • In case the work has already been performed and recorded, a recording of the performance is recommended to be send in the application. Acceptable formats MP3 or ACC (audio streaming link or download link like Dropbox, WeTransfer would also be accepted). No WAV or AIFF files. The composer may also submit a mp3 file of the notation program playback e.g. Sibelius and Finale.
  • The panel will meet in July and the winners are expected to be announced by the end of July 2017. 


 Deadline and How to Apply

  • Deadline for submissions of the composition and the payment of the registration fee is Friday 7 July 2017. Works submitted after this date, or candidates who have not paid the registration fee shall not be considered.  
  • The composer’s full name, Nationality, email address and telephone number should be included in the application at info@londonmusicsociety.co.uk 


Fees 

  • The entry fee for the competition is Euros €50 or British Sterling £50 payable and due by the submission deadline to either one of the following accounts. The application fee will be accepted either in Euros or British Sterling and must to be paid before the deadline 7 July 2017. 
  • If you want to pay via PayPal,  PayPal payment button is below just before the Jury section. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay via PayPal with a credit or debit card.  
  • With PayPal you can only pay in British Sterling £50. Unfortunately PayPal does not accept payment in euros for this account. Euro payment can be made only via Bank Transfer, details below. 

Euro fee €50 

  • Account name: LONDON MUSIC SOC 
  • Sort Code: 40-05-15 
  • Account number: 77461713 
  • (IBAN) International Bank Account Number: GB24MIDL40051577461713 
  • (SWIFT Code) Bank Identifier Code: MIDLGB22 
  • Reference: applicant name   

         OR

British Sterling fee £50 

  • Account name: LONDON MUSIC SOC 
  • Sort Code: 40-02-13 
  • Account number: 51873482 
  • (IBAN) International Bank Account Number:  GB53MIDL40021351873482 
  • (SWIFT Code) Bank Identifier Code: MIDLGB22 
  • Reference: applicant name


  • Bank name HSBC 
  • Address 281 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, Postcode: W4 4HJ London, UK

 


Partners: London City Philharmonic Orchestra http://londoncityphilharmonic.co.uk 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible? 

  • The competition is open to participants of any age or nationality. 

May I submit a previously composed work? 

  • The composition could have been composed or performed before, meaning it does not have to be composed exclusively for this competition, however, it may not have been awarded a prize. 

 Size of the string section? 

  • The string section must be no more than 6-4-4-4-2.

Can the work be longer as indicated? 

  • Works exceeding the maximal duration (12 minutes) may not be accepted for the Competition. 

When is the deadline? 

  • Friday 7 July 2017 is the deadline for the registration and submission of the composition including payment of registration fee. The panel will meet in July and the winners are expected to be announced by the end of July 2017.  

Must all specified instruments be featured? 

  • The instrumentation specified in the regulations are meant to provide orientation, the composition should be for strings orchestra only. The composition could feature a solo violin, viola or cello with the string orchestra. Works for solo instruments will not qualify.   

Can I submit more than one work? 

  • Unfortunately, the competition establishes a limit of one work per composer. 

Is impartiality guaranteed by anonymity? 

  • The panel shall review submitted works anonymously without knowing the identity of the composer. The composers’ names shall only be revealed upon announcement of the nominated works. Accordingly, the submitted work should not have the name of the composer written anywhere in the score. The panel will receive the work submitted with only a number in order to preserve the anonymity of the composer. 

May I submit the full score electronically? 

  • Yes, that is the only way required to enter the competition. 

Where can I submit my composition to enter the competition?  


Where can I pay the registration fee? 

  • The registration fee can be paid either in British Sterling or Euro Currency (any of these 2 currencies will be accepted)  Please transfer (British sterling) £50 or (Euro) €50 into one of the following accounts before 7 July 2017. 
  • If you want to pay via PayPal,  PayPal payment button is below just before the Jury section. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay via PayPal with a credit or debit card.  
  • With PayPal you can only pay in British Sterling £50. Unfortunately PayPal does not accept payment in euros for this account. Euro payment can be made only via Bank Transfer, details below. 

Euro fee €50 

  • Account name: LONDON MUSIC SOC 
  • Sort Code: 40-05-15 
  • Account number: 77461713 
  • (IBAN) International Bank Account Number: GB24MIDL40051577461713 
  • (SWIFT Code) Bank Identifier Code: MIDLGB22 
  • Reference: applicant name   

       OR

British Sterling fee £50 

  • Account name: LONDON MUSIC SOC 
  • Sort Code: 40-02-13 
  • Account number: 51873482 
  • (IBAN) International Bank Account Number:  GB53MIDL40021351873482 
  • (SWIFT Code) Bank Identifier Code: MIDLGB22 
  • Reference: applicant name   


  • Bank name HSBC 
  • Address 281 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, Postcode: W4 4HJ London, UK  

Contact email:  info@londonmusicsociety.co.uk 


Application Fee

£50.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay via PayPal with a credit or debit card. 

The Jury

London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition


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Tapio Tuomela Composer

 http://tapiotuomela.fi  


Tapio Tuomela (b. 1958) studied composition at the Sibelius Academy in 1985-1988 and 1991-1993 with Eero Hämeenniemi, Magnus Lindberg, and Paavo Heininen, having first taken diploma degrees in piano and conducting in 1982 and 1987. He then studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (M.M. in 1990), and at Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin 1990-91. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Sibelius-Academy, where he is teaching composition and orchestration part-time. 

Tuomela’s works have been performed at festivals like ISCM World Music Days, Présences, Sibelius&Beyond (London), Scandinavia Today (N.Y.), Gulbenkian, and Nordic Music Days, and twice selected by the UNESCO Rostrum. He has received commissions by orchestras or ensembles in Scandinavia, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Russia. He has had portrait concerts in Helsinki (1991 and 2008), at the Finnish Institutes of Antwerp and Paris (1998 and 2003), and in Turku 2008. 

His opera Mothers and Daughters was the Finnish candidate for the Nordic Music Prize in 2004; its recording appeared in the “Top five” of the Magazine Fanfare classical music new recordings of 2009. His chamber opera (melodrama) Antti Puuhaara has been performed nearly 30 times internationally and recorded by the French Musicatreize Ensemble. His newest opera Crossing of Four Roads was performed ten times in January-February 2017 at Oulu City Theatre to sold-out audiences. Currently he is working on a piece for the Lahti Symphony on the occasion of the Centenary of the Finnish Independence. 

Tuomela was the Composer-in-Residence of the Joensuu Orchestra during 2008-2013 and the featured composer in the Nordic Music Festival in St Petersburg in 2005 and Festival Musiques Demésurées, Clermont-Ferrand, 2006. He received the Kalevala Prize in 2005 for integration of the Finnish “rune” heritage in his contemporary musical language. In 2013, he was awarded the Ordre National du Mérite from the French State. 

Tuomela worked as Artistic Director of the Time of Music Festival during 1999-2008 and as chairman of the Society of Finnish Composers during 2010-14. He is still a board member of several musical organizations. 

During the 1990’s, Tuomela appeared often as conductor with contemporary music and opera as his specialities. He performed with professional orchestras in all Scandinavian countries, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Russia, and Lithuania.        

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Gwyn Pritchard Composer

http://www.gwynpritchard.com


Gwyn Pritchard (b.1948) studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and first came to the attention of the British public in the late 1970s. Since then much of his compositional activity has been based abroad, firstly in Poland, and then in Switzerland, Italy and Germany. His compositions include works for orchestra, ensembles, solo instruments, vocal works and pieces employing electronics. They have been performed around the world, broadcast on many radio and television networks, and have been included in leading international festivals including Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, Huddersfield, ISCM World Music Days, Weimar Frühjahrstage, in Berlin at the Randspiele, Klangwekstatt and Pyramidale festivals, Daegu (S Korea) the International New Music Week, and numerous others. In recent years Pritchard has been the subject of several 'portrait' concerts, exclusively of his music, by the ensembles OENM (Salzburg, Austria) and by Ensemble ö! (Chur, Switzerland).  Current commissions include an orchestral work for the Jaenar Philharmonie at the Frühjahrstage 2018 festival in Weimar, and a solo piano piece for Susanne Kessel to celebrate the Beethoven 250th anniversary celebrations in Bonn in 2020.

In 1982 Pritchard founded Uroboros Ensemble which includes some of Britain‘s leading instrumentalists. He has composed several pieces for the group, and as their conductor has performed and broadcast with them throughout Britain and on European tours. In 2003 he founded the Reggello International Festival of Music in Tuscany, Italy, and in 2013 the London Ear Festival (with Andrea Cavallari).   

He is a professor of composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, and has given lectures and masterclasses at many academic institutions in Europe, America and Asia. He has written, introduced and participated in programmes for the BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of international musical publications. Pritchard’s music is published by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin.  

The Jury

London Music Society 2017 International Composer's Competition


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Thomas Simaku Composer

 https://www.uymp.co.uk/composers/thomas-simaku  

Multi award–winning composer Thomas Simaku (b.1958) graduated from the Albanian State Conservatoire in Tirana (1983), and gained a PhD in Composition from University of York (1996) where he studied with David Blake. Simaku was the Leonard Bernstein Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood Music Centre, USA (1996) studying with Bernard Rands, and a fellow at the Composers’ Workshop, California State University (1998), with Brian Ferneyhough. 

Simaku's music has been reaching audiences across Europe, the USA and further afield for more than two decades, and it has been awarded a host of accolades for its expressive qualities and its unique blend of intensity and modernism. His works have been selected by international juries in no less than nine editions of ISCM World Music Days; other international festivals where his music has been performed include Huddersfield, Tanglewood, Miami, Zagreb-Biennale, Weimar, Munich, Rome, Viitassari (Finland), Alea III Boston, Beijing, Innsbruck (Austria), Warsaw Autumn, etc. Performed by renowned soloists, ensembles and orchestras, his music has been broadcast worldwide, including radio stations such as BBC Radio 3, SWR2, MDR, Deutschlandfunk (Cologne), Amsterdam Radio 4, ORF (Austria), Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), RNE (Spain), RTP (Portugal), etc. His CD, released on Naxos 21st Century Classics series in 2008 received much critical acclaim; it reached the best of year list in the USA. 

Prestigious awards include the coveted Lionel Robbins Memorial Scholarship in 1993, First Prize of the 2004 Serocki International Competition, a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, and a three-year fellowship from Arts & Humanities Research Council in London. In 2009 Simaku received a British Composer Award from BASCA for his Soliloquy V - Flauto Acerbo, which the judging panel described as ‘visionary and entirely original’. With this work he represented the UK at the 2012 ISCM Festival in Belgium. 

In 2013 Simaku won the first prize of the International Competition for Lutosławski’s 100th Birthday with Concerto for Orchestra, chosen from 160 compositions submitted anonymously from 37 countries. Simaku holds a senior position as Reader in Composition at the University of York.    

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Olsi Qinami Conductor

http://www.olsiqinami.com/

Olsi Qinami is a conductor, pianist and teacher based in London and also founder, Conductor and Music Director of London City Philharmonic.  He and began playing the piano at the age of 6 with Iris Kapo and Vladimir Kapo, and later in London with Nigel Clayton professor at the London “Royal College of Music”.  

Olsi has collaborated with many orchestras and soloists including soloists from the Vienna Philharmonic and orchestras such as: London Classical Solosits, London City Orchestra, National Opera of Albania (where he premiered Puccini Messa di Gloria), Orchestre Opera de Massy, London Thames Orchestra, The Amadeus and Chorus Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Versailles, Tirana Chamber Orchestra, University of Arts Philharmonic Orchestra of Albania & Macedonia National Opera Choir,  Kammerphilharmonie Graz, Orchestra Giovanile di Genova and many others. In 2015 he was awarded the 2nd prize at the International Conducting Competition with the LCS Orchestra in London.

Olsi studied conducting at the “Academy of Arts” in Tirana, Albania with Bujar Llapaj and Petrika Afezolli. He continued his Conducting Studies in France with Dominique Rouits at the  Paris conservatoire “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris”. He actively participated in master- classes with, Paavo Jarvi, Jorma Panula, Peter Stark, Maurizio Arena, Howard Williams, Mark Heron, Neil Thomson and many more.      

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