Alvarez Chamber Orchestra
'Voice your opinion':
9th Annual Composition Competition:
Compose an original vocal work
of any duration and scale,
from a solo sung piece to chamber orchestra* with voices.
First prize - £1000
Mullord Award - £500
Closing Date 15th September 2018
year running, the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra (Á
5 Rensburg Road London E17 7HL
The entry fee is £26 per work. Payments may be made via Paypal by clicking below
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Alternatively, we accept payment by bank transfer to the ACO account:
The Alvarez Chamber Orchestra
Account NO. 65268120
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The judging panel will be confirmed later in the year, but will include some of the following:
Silvina Milstein: Professor of Composition and Analysis,
University of Cambridge and King's College, London
Edwin Roxburgh: Composer and conductor: awarded the Cobbett Medal for Services to Music.
Formerly Professor at the Royal College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire
Giles Swayne: Composer in Residence, Clare College, Cambridge
Richard Stoker: Formerly Professor at the Royal Academy of Music
Robert Walker: Composer, conductor, writer, broadcaster (including the BBC Promenade concerts)
and formerly lecturer at Mahidol and Silpakorn Universities.
Geoffrey Alvarez: Conductor, The Alvarez Chamber Orchestra
The competition will be administered by ÁCO treasurer Trevor Huntley, Audrey Ellison,
Ellison & Strømsholm International Artists' Management and secretary Phillip Costen.
Comments from previous participants
This was the most gracious and
welcomed rejection that I have yet received! Truly, I think that it is
a wonderful idea to send constructive feedback to composers. Often, it
feels like the decision is political - or mostly arbitrary on account
of the unthinkable amount of work it takes to fish through [sometimes]
hundreds of applications. A commentary proves that careful, genuine
consideration was made.
Please relay my thanks to Dr. Alvarez for his time and comments. My
chamber group hosts regular composition competitions, and I wish now
to adopt this model.
David Matthew Brown
illumine, director, violinist, composer
Merion Mercy Academy, orchestra director
The main reason for entering the Competition each year is the excellent and detailed feed-back one gets afterwards.
Recently I had a request to perform the Song Cycle I had entered for ‘Going for a Song 2011’. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of trying out (and adopting) the suggestions made by the judging panel.
Song Cycle ‘Seagull’ will be performed by Karen Harries – soprano and the Wymondham Symphony Orchestra on 5th July 2014 – the 30th anniversary concert for the orchestra in Wymondham Abbey Norfolk.
Thank you judging panel – long may the encouragement you are giving composers continue!
Kenneth Ian Hÿtch FTCL
ISM President (2009/10)