BBC National Orchestra of Wales is inviting submissions for its highly acclaimed Composition: Wales project for 2020, which will take place in January and March 2020 in BBC Hoddinott Hall and conducted and led by B Tommy Andersson. For the past 18 years, the project has provided aspiring and talented Welsh composers with the opportunity to have their music rehearsed and then performed in front of an audience.
Composition: Wales, has established itself as one of the most important contemporary music events in the orchestral scene in Wales. It showcases works by composers worthy of wider exposure and offers them the opportunity to hear and evaluate their music played by BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The project is organised in collaboration with Composers of Wales, Tŷ Cerdd, Vale of Glamorgan Festival and Welsh Music Guild.
Those who are eligible to submit scores include those born or living in Wales who have completed a music degree at undergraduate level or equivalent qualification, or composers born in Wales studying composition at post-graduate level in Wales. BBC NOW will also consider composers born in Wales or living in Wales who have a proven track record in composition.
The deadline for submission is 10.00am on Wednesday 13th November 2019, with the selected scores announced on Friday 6th December 2019.
In addition to compositions played at BBC Hoddinott Hall as part of Composition: Wales 2020, collaborating partners – Tŷ Cerdd and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival – will also offer additional opportunities for selected composers.
Tŷ Cerdd will be offering the opportunity to write a short piece of music for a chamber ensemble to three composers. These compositions will be performed at the Night Music series of events at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
The Vale of Glamorgan Festival (VOGF) regularly selects composers featured in Composition Wales to work closely with. Selected composers may have their music featured as part of the Festival in May, and may be commissioned on an orchestral and/or chamber level. VOGF 2020 will feature an orchestral commission and a solo work by composer David Roche, who took part in Composition Wales 2019.
Scores are invited with the guidance brief of: the perfect concert opener or an encore for a BBC National Orchestra of Wales concert, such as St David’s Day or an international tour.
Selected scores will be featured in the project at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff Bay. The initial workshop will take place in on Tuesday 28 January 2020; this day will be followed by two additional workshop days on Tuesday 3 March and Wednesday 4 March 2020, culminating in a free public concert.
· Deadline for initial score submission: Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 10.00am
· Selected scores announced: Friday 6th December 2019
· Deadline for submission of selected final full scores & orchestral parts: Monday 6 January 2019 at 5.00pm
· Initial workshop day: Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 2.00pm -5.00pm and 6.00pm-9.00pm
· Open rehearsals: Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 2.00pm-5.00pm and 6.00pm-9.00pm, and Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 2.30-5.30pm
· Free Culmination Concert: Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 7.00pm