Friday 16 October 2020

ORA Singers announce second Composer Competition for pupils from UK state schools

ORA Singers' 2019 Composer Competition Final Concert (Photo Nick Rutter)
ORA Singers' 2019 Composer Competition final concert (Photo Nick Rutter)

ORA Singers (artistic director Suzi Digby) has announced its second Composer Competition, following on from a successful one in 2019. As in 2019, the competition is aimed at UK state school students only, and the idea is to mentor and develop young composers with limited access to specialist tuition.

'Nothing else I’ve done this year-including school! - has taught me, inspired me and moulded me as much as this competition. Thank you so much to everyone at ORA, it’s been incredible.'
Emily Pedersen (2019 Competition Winner)

Anyone with a good understanding of music notation can apply, the competition is not looking for finished pieces and simply asks that applicants submit something they’ve written at school, home or for a friend, alongside a personal statement.

Finalists will receive specialist mentoring in order to write a new a cappella choral work, so even if applicants don’t have any experience in choral writing yet, that’s not a problem! The ten selected finalists will be assigned a personal mentor and receive ten hours (or the equivalent) of compositional guidance. This will be slotted around school studies and aimed to assist the young aspiring composers in their musical development, each aspiring composer will be ‘trained by’ one of ORA’s commissioned composers. 

Finalists will also get the chance to take part in a compositional workshop and meet their peers part-way through the mentoring programme. And, at the end of the programme, Finalists’ works will then be performed/presented in the Competition Final Concert/Presentation, at which a winner will be chosen by the Final Adjudication Panel. Each finalist will also receive a recording of their work for promotional purposes!

Full details from the ORA website


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