Composition Competition 2018-2019

Composers are invited to submit a new unaccompanied choral motet for Westminster Cathedral's inaugural Composition Competition. A prize of £750 will be awarded to the winner, and the winning motet will be premiered at the 10am Solemn Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Palm Sunday, 14 April 2019 by Westminster Cathedral Choir.

The competition is open to all composers aged 35 and under, and the deadline for entries is 6pm on Friday 15 February 2019. There is an entry fee of £10.

2019 marks the sixtieth anniversary of George Malcolm's legendary 1959 recording of Victoria's Tenebræ Responsories with Westminster Cathedral Choir; it was one of the first recordings of Renaissance music committed to LP, and is still today a benchmark recording of these dramatic works, music that Westminster Cathedral Choir sings every Holy Week.

As well as the Cathedral's Master of Music and Assistant Master of Music, the adjudication panel will include the renowned composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan, who has had a long relationship with Westminster Cathedral Choir, resulting in many commissions and premieres, including a setting of 'Tu es Petrus' for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

For full details and how to apply, please download the Information and Application Form. For composers from outside the UK, you can use PayPal to pay the entry fee.

Information and Application Form

 


Concerts and Recitals

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