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The 2013 Alvarez Chamber Orchestra

Composition Competition





Composers of any age and nationality

were invited to submit a piece with

an obbligato keyboard instrument -

from a solo work to chamber orchestra.


As in the previous competition, the adjudicators had to assess a large   number of entries of all ages from around 25 different countries such as South Korea, Russia, Spain, Malta, Finland and America. Many of the works submitted were of very high quality and individuality; the ACO would like to congratulate all participants for their contribution in making this event such a resounding international success.


Due to the large number of entries, there were two rounds to the competition, invigilated by the ACO competition administrator and treasurer Trevor Huntley, company secretary Phillip Costen and Audrey Ellison - Ellison & Strømsholm International Artists' Management, the final round taking place in the Bishopsgate Institute in London.


The adjudicators were Edwin Roxburgh, Giles Swayne and

Simon Campion chaired by Geoffrey Alvarez.





The First Prize of £1000 was awarded to Portuguese composer João Pedro Oliveira for Towdah.

























      The Mullord Award of £500

      was given to Australian composer

      John Pax for Sinfonia.






In addition to these prize-winning works,

four were selected for an honourable mention:


Tau - Massimo Lauricella: Italy

Yeoubi - Youngwoo Yoo: South Korea

Sillages Multiples - Gael Tissot; France

The Art of Thinking Clearly - Barnaby Hollington: UK





Next Competition


Musique Sans Frontiers


composers of any age and nationality

are invited to submit a piece in any style or length for any

combination of instruments in a standard chamber orchestra


Regulations and

further details posted here.

Closing date 15th January 2015




Previous Competitions


2009 Plucked from Nowhere: new music for harp

2010  Freestyle

2011 Going for a Song: new vocal music





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)




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