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Composer Competition

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ORA Singers announces its first Composer Competition with Youth Mentoring Scheme


Hot on the heels of ORA Singers’ ‘Best Ensemble of the Year’ award at Germany’s Opus Klassik Awards this week (in recognition of its Many are the Wonders album), the group announces the launch of its first Composers’ Competition.

Since 2015, ORA has commissioned 36 living composers as part of its commitment to commissioning 100 new choral works over the next ten years. On top of this commitment ORA will be selecting finalists for the Composers’ Competition to write new works that will be performed at a special Competition Final Concert in July 2019. 

The competition will be split into two categories, Open and Youth Competitions, and a winner for each category will be announced by the Chair of the Adjudication Panel and President of ORA Singers, Stephen Fry.  The Open Competition is aimed at composers of all ages and the Youth Competition is looking for potential composers from non-fee paying schools who will also receive compositional mentoring towards writing a new choral work, sponsored by Signatur.

Commenting on the competition, Matthew Beale, ORA’s Chief Executive said:

“We wanted our Composer Competition to reflect two strong beliefs of ours. For our Open Competition, we believe that great music can come from anyone, anywhere and at any age. For our Youth Competition, we believe that musical education is under-rated and therefore under-funded in this country. This competition goes some small way to redressing that balance, especially with our mentoring scheme, although we hope that both competitions will grow over the years to give more people the opportunity to showcase their talent, and for us to mentor and encourage the next wave of choral composers.”

Full details on how to apply to both Competitions can be found here.