Compose or submit an original work
of any duration and
from a solo piece to chamber
The Mullord Award £500
Closing date September 30th 2020
tenth occasion, the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra (ÁCO) is inviting
composers of any age and nationality to submit works for an annual
is no specification as to the length or nature of the
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
the adminstrator, Tevor Huntly for further
size of the orchestra is as follows:
flutes (2nd doubling piccolo)
(2nd doubling cor anglais)
clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet)
bassoons (2nd doublng contrabassoon)
(doubling second percussionist)
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
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
Kenneth Ian Hÿtch
The entry fee is £26 per
work Payments may be
made via Paypal by clicking below
If entering the details via paypal independently of this link,
please use this email address, not the one given earlier for the
submission of scores:
If you prefer, we accept payment by bank transfer to the ACO bank
The Alvarez Chamber Orchestra
Account No. 65268120
Sort Code 089299
We no longer accept payment by cheque
The adjudicators will
some of the following:
David Collins Composer: D. Phil. University of
Linda Hirst: Professor of Vocal Studies,
Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Silvina Milstein: Professor of Composition and
University of Cambridge and King's College,
Edwin Roxburgh: Composer and conductor:
the Cobbett Medal for Services to Music.
Formerly Professor at the Royal College of Music and Birmingham
Giles Swayne: Composer in Residence, Clare
Richard Stoker: Formerly Professor
at the Royal Academy of Music
Robert Walker: Composer, Formerly BBC
Broadcaster, Professor Silpakorn University' Bangkok
Composer, Conductor, The Álvarez Chamber
will be administered by ÁCO treasurer Trevor Huntley, and secretary
The decision of the jury
will be final and binding.
competitors whose entries comply with the competition regulations
will receive a brief comment about their work based on the jury's
submissions will be returned.
reserve the right not to award a prize if the submissions are not of
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