Monday 4 January 2021

Calling all young composers: Conway Hall announces the Clements Prize for Composers

Alfred J Clements - memorial at Conway Hall
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts has announced the Clements Prize for Composers, inviting young composers (35 or under) to submit works for string trio (violin, viola, cello) with up to eight works to be selected to be performed at the final on 16 May 2021 by members of the Piatti Quartet.

Alfred J Clements (1858-1938) was the organiser and secretary of the South Place Sunday Concerts (predecessor of Conway Hall Sunday Concerts) from their inception in 1887 until his death. In the first half of the twentieth century the competition bearing his name encouraged the composition of new chamber works, establishing a tradition which set Conway Hall right at the centre of British contemporary music.

In order to support young composers and new music after the disaster wrought on the music industry by the coronavirus in 2020, Conway Hall Sunday Concerts has re-launched the Clements Prize. As well as the competition itself, scores from the original competitions in the 20th century will be available for the first time via the Conway Hall website, and a selection exhibited before the final round of the competition. The project is supported by  Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and to The London Community Foundation.

The deadline for submission is Friday 26 February 2021, 5pm, full details from the Conway Hall website.

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