60th Anniversary Composition Competition

A piece of Hope, Joy and Celebration

Twyford Singers are a true community choir and, despite everything the pandemic has thrown at us, we are still singing and celebrating our 60th birthday year.  In recognition of this choral milestone, we are having our first composition competition and are looking for submissions that reflect our anniversary year themes of Hope, Joy and Celebration.

Prize

The winning composition (as chosen by the judges) will be offered to Chichester Music Press and considered for publication.

1st prize – £500   *   2nd prize – £250   *   3rd prize – £100

Three pieces will be shortlisted and performed in the summer concert on Saturday 25th June 2022. A non-professional recording will be made of the concert and a copy of this given to each of the shortlisted composers

Timeline 

  • Call for Scores – Monday 17th January 2022 (by email to the Twyford Singers Secretary here.  Entries must arrive by 11.59pm).
  • Shortlist announced – Monday 28th February 2022.
  • Concert Date – Saturday 25th June 2022.  This will be the final concert in our 60th Anniversary Year. All shortlisted composers will be expected to attend and will receive a pair of complimentary tickets but no travel expenses.

Selection Process

The Musical Director and Twyford Singers Competition Committee will make a shortlist of three pieces to be performed in our summer concert.  Then final adjudication at the concert will be by:

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to all and Twyford Singers welcomes applications from composers of all backgrounds.
  • No-one with a connection to the Twyford Singers or any of the adjudicators may apply.
  • The piece must be a new composition and not have been performed or published elsewhere.

Specifics

Score

  • Submit a PDF of a digital score (Sibelius or similar) – please use a pseudonym on the score.  Initial shortlisting will not be blind but once scores are given to the choir and adjudicators they will be anonymised.
  • The dedication on the score must read “Written for Helen Styles and the Twyford Singers 60th Anniversary Composition Competition 2022”.  You may include another dedication after this if you want to.
  • Submit mp3 recording of score (computer generated).
  • If shortlisted, you will need to supply rehearsal tracks for each voice part (these can be computer generated).

Choir information

Twyford are a true community choir with no auditions. We have a mixture of experienced singers and those for whom this is their first choir. All members have music in rehearsals and pieces are taught by a mixture of doing things by ear in rehearsal, music reading for those who can and we make practice files for people to use who don’t read music.

Specific Composition Brief – A piece of Hope and Celebration

  • Length:  3-5 mins.
  • Text:  composer’s choice (and can be sacred or secular), but it must be free from copyright restrictions or you must have written permission from the copyright holder. It is the composer’s responsibility to ensure this. Entries using copyright protected text will be disqualified.
  • Voicing:  SATB ideally with some flexibility in the TB parts as we do not always have many tenors and some of our tenors are ladies. SA lower voices would also be acceptable. No divisi (or very minimal divisi in sops only). Very short unaccompanied sections are acceptable but mostly needs accompaniment. No solos.
  • Accompanied by piano. 
  • Style:  after managing to keep the choir going online for a full year now (and by the time we hopefully come back in Sept 2021 it will be 18 months online) we really want something tuneful and fun to sing to celebrate the fact that the choir is still going strong. Twyford is near the River Loddon which is a tributary of the River Thames and flows into it a couple of miles beyond Twyford. Something watery with sparkling light reflecting our diamond jubilee could work.  Please avoid texts specifically about anniversaries as we want this piece to become part of our regular concert repertoire.
  • Difficulty:  The piece needs to be accessible as some members will feel less confident coming back in-person after such a long time away and most people just want to have a really good sing!  In the past we have always done a mixture of styles, some straight-forward pieces and things that have been more of a challenge. For example, we have sung most of Messiah, Fauré Requiem, Rutter Requiem, Fantasia on Christmas Carols, carefully chosen bits from Bach Christmas Oratorio. The choir has enjoyed singing arrangements of jazz standards, Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass, Rutter, musicals, opera choruses and madrigals.