Like everyone here at the ISM, I’m a passionate advocate for new music. We decided to create the ISM Composers Competition 2013 as a platform to help the amazing work done by music educators across the UK to continue to flourish into the thriving professional music scene that we all enjoy.
Anyone aged between 23-35 can enter the competition – this is a key age group for composers. Many leave their university or conservatoire in their early twenties after extensive training, and find it incredibly difficult to create the right opportunities to sustain their early careers. We hope that this competition will be one more opportunity for composers to establish themselves and maintain careers that they work so hard to build.
I am hugely excited about the competition, particularly because I’ll be conducting the premiere of each of the winning compositions next year. These performances will take place in a special concert on 4 April 2013 in the stunning Chapel of Queens’ College, Cambridge. I will also be judging the submitted works with Paul Max Edlin and Richard Hallam, the other two members of the ISM Presidential Trio.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 3 December 2012. We are looking for original compositions for voices, inspired by the marvellous works of Benjamin Britten to celebrate the centenary of his birth. So, to all you Britten-loving composers out there... Get writing!
ISM President 2012-13