ORA Singers Composer Competition

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Are you interested in composing for choirs?

If you have a passion for music, some experience in music notation, and want the opportunity to be given leading industry guidance, then the ORA Singers Composer Competition competition is for you.

Who is it for? 

In order to apply to the ORA Singers Composer Competition, applicants should meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be born on or after 1st September 2003
  • Be resident in the United Kingdom
  • Be a pupil at a UK non fee-paying school. (e.g. State, gramme, comprehensive, free school, college, sixth form college etc…) Applicants from fee-paying or private schools will not be accepted.

In addition to the core eligibility criteria listed above, applicants should also:

  • Have an interest in composition and/or choral singing
  • Be able to read music to a reasonable level
  • Be in full agreement with the terms of the competition and commit to making every effort to attend/participate in all activities of the competition where reasonably possible
  • Have full consent from a parent/guardian for participation in the Competition before applying

How does it work?

Our 10 selected finalists will be enrolled into the Competition programme whereby each will be assigned a personal mentor and receive ten hours (or the equivalent) of compositional guidance. Slotted around their school studies and aimed to assist young aspiring composers in their musical development, each aspiring composer will be mentored by one of ORA’s esteemed commissioned composers, who will guide them in writing a ‘Reflection’ on a piece of Renaissance choral music. Finalists will also get the chance to take part in a compositional workshop, where ORA Singers will sing through their sketches and offer further guidance with a guest composer. And, at the end of the programme, Finalists’ works will then be performed/presented in the Competition Final Concert, 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!

In addition to the Finalists, up to 40 Apprentices will be selected who will receive a series of online masterclasses – giving them an invaluable insight into the world of choral composition!

How much experience do I need? 

Whatever stage you are at, as long as you have a good understanding of music notation, you will be able to apply to the ORA Singers Composer Competition. We are not looking for finished pieces or polished compositions, simply submit something you’ve written at school, home or for a friend, and we’ll assess your composition alongside your personal statement to see whether the scheme would be a good match for you.

Selected Finalists will receive specialist mentoring in order to write a new a cappella choral work, so even if you don’t have any experience in choral writing yet, that’s not a problem!

How to apply:

For all the details and how to apply – https://www.orasingers.co.uk/2022-competition



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