Rules and FAQ

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, any divisi has to fit within this string size. 
  • The composition could feature a solo violin, viola or cello with the string orchestra.
  • Name of the composer should not be written anywhere in the score.
  • The applicants are welcome to name the submitted work and apply under a pseudonym if they wish too. Said pseudonym, however, may only be used until the start of the competition. Please note that the use of a pseudonym name is not compulsory and is not a requirement, is an option for the composer if they would like to use a pseudonym. 
  • 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.  
  • All applicants are requested to submit their scores without featuring their name.
  • The application should include

  1. The composer’s full name
  2. Nationality
  3. email address 
  4. telephone number 
  5. Proof of the application fee payment (if possible)

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 at the bottom of this page. 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 string 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 at the bottom of this page. 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

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