Compose or submit an original work
of any duration and scale,
from a solo piece to chamber orchestra*
tenth occasion, the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra (Á
The accompanying details should be sent in another email with the same heading to the
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)
timpani (doubling second percussionist)
percussion (one player)
any keyboard8 violins
2 double bass.
Minimum specification is a single performer
There is a first prize of £1000
and the Mullord Award of £500
In addition to the prizes, there is the possibility of a performance
by the Álvarez Chamber Orchestra at a future season.
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)
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:
The adjudicators will be confirmed shortly, but will include some of the following:
David Collins Composer: D. Phil. University of York
Linda Hirst: Professor of Vocal Studies,
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
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, Formerly BBC Broadcaster, Professor Silpakorn University' Bangkok
Geoffrey Alvarez: Composer, Conductor, The Alvarez Chamber Orchestra
The competition will be administered by ÁCO treasurer Trevor Huntley, and secretary Phillip Costen.