As you like it
Compose or submit an original work
of any duration and
from a solo work to chamber
year running, 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.
The scores may
be submitted electronically as pdf files with the composer's pseudonym
as heading to the following address:
The accompanying details should be sent in another email with
the same heading to the
for posted entries has been extended to September 15th,
2017 - posted scores arriving after that date will be accepted
if postmarked with the closing date.
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. If 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 ACO at firstname.lastname@example.org for further
size of the orchestra is as follows:
2 flutes (2nd
2 oboes (2nd
doubling cor anglais)
(2nd doubling bass clarinet)
(2nd doublng contrabassoon)
(doubling second percussionist)
Minimum specification is
a single performer
There is a first
prize of £1000
the Mullord Award of £500
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.
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.
you judging panel – long may the encouragement you are giving composers
Kenneth Ian Hÿtch
The entry fee is £26 per
work which includes postage costs for return of scores. 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:
you prefer, cheques may be made payable to The Álvarez Chamber
Scores should be
sent to the ACO company address:
5 Rensburg Road London E17
7HL. There will be a prize of £1000 for the
winning work and a performance by the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra at a
the works are not required.
The judging panel will be confirmed later in the year, but
will include some
of the following:
Edwin Roxburgh: Composer and conductor: awarded
the Cobbett Medal for Services to Music.
Formerly Professor at the Royal College of Music and Birmingham
Paul Patterson: Manson Professor of Composition,
Royal Academy of Music
Mtthew Schellhorn: visionary
Giles Swayne: Composer in Residence, Clare
Richard Stoker: Formerly Professor
at the Royal Academy of Music
Simon Campion: Publisher
Geoffrey Alvarez: Conductor, The Alvarez Chamber
will be administered by ÁCO treasurer Trevor Huntley, Audrey
Ellison & Strømsholm International Artists'
Management and secretary
The decision of the jury
will be final and binding.
competitors whose entries comply with the competition regulations will
receive a detailed report of the adjudication.
submissions will be returned.
reserve the right not to award a prize if the submissions are not of
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