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Please Yourself Composition Competition

 Please Yourself Composition Competition
Summary:Free form composition competition
Deadline: 30 September 2020
Date Posted: 04 November 2019
Details: Compose or submit an original work
of any duration and scale,
from a solo piece to chamber orchestra*

First prize £1000
The Mullord Award £500

Closing date September 30th 2020

For the tenth occasion, the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra (ÁCO) is inviting composers of any age and nationality to submit works for an annual composition competition.
• There is no specification as to the length or nature of the work.
• If electronics are used, if not notated conventionally and fully in the score, a CD or mp3 should be supplied.
• A recording of the work should also be submitted if the score is notated graphically or in any other unconventional format.
• There is no restriction on the number of works submitted by each composer but each piece will incur the same entry fee of £26.
• The work may be a new piece or may have been written at any time in the composer’s career.
• Each piece should have only its title printed on the cover: the identity of the composer, including address, email, phone number, biography, photograph and programme notes should be placed in a separate sealed envelope also marked with the same title.
• All scores must be submitted electronically as pdf files to the address of the competition administrator, Trevor Huntley: trevor.huntley@btinternet.com The electronic version of the score should have only its title displayed on the front page and there should be no mention of the composer's name or include any markings by which the composer could be identified.
• A second and separate email should be sent at the same time as the score submission and this should include the identity of the composer, their address, email, contact telephone number, short biography, photograph and programme notes. No hard copies of scores will be accepted.
• Composers submitting their scores via a link on a file sharing site such as Dropbox should ensure the files remain uploaded until receipt of the written adjudication following the conclusion of the competition. All entries that the ACO receives will be acknowledged prior to adjudication. Composers will be notified if any files of an electronic submission are corrupt or missing. It is the responsibility of the composer to provide the ACO with pdf files that can be opened. If the composer is unable to supply the requested downloadable and readable files within the time limits detailed above, the entry will be deemed disqualified.
• Please contact the adminstrator, Tevor Huntly for further clarification.

The maximum* size of the orchestra is as follows:

2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo)
2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais)
2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet)
2 bassoons (2nd doublng contrabassoon)
2 horns
trumpet
trombone
tuba
timpani (doubling second percussionist)
percussion (one player)
harp
guitar
any keyboard
8 violins
4 violas
4 cellos
2 double bass.

Minimum specification is a single performer

In addition to the prizes, there is the possibility of a performance
by the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra at a future season.
Web Site:www.fiveseasonsmusic.co.uk/pleaseyourself.htm