Welcome to the LFCCM 2016 Call for Scores!
The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music is a celebration of recently composed music for choir and organ for use in the liturgy. Across eight days in numerous services, concerts, recitals, and other events we present a full programme of new music, including a great number of premieres.
In 2010 we launched the Call for Scores; an open competition for music to be performed at the coming Festival. In the last four years we have received many scores from around the world, both from established composers as well as from those whose careers are comparatively young.
In the first instance we are looking to programme music for the following services, which will take place at St Pancras Parish Church:
Sunday 8th May Choral Eucharist
Sunday 8th May Choral Evensong
Monday 9th May Compline
Wednesday 11th May Choral Evensong – live broadcast on
Thursday 12th May Choral Eucharist (shortened/lunchtime)
Sunday 15th May Choral Eucharist
Sunday 15th May Choral Evensong
In addition to these services, this year we will be inviting all of the other churches participating in the Festival to select music from the Call for Scores for inclusion in their services. These will principally be Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong on each Sunday.
Musical input to Choral Eucharist consists of Introit, Mass, and Motet.
Musical input to Choral Evensong consists of Introit, Preces & Responses, Canticles, and Anthem.
Musical input to Compline consists of settings of psalms for compline (4, 31 vv.1-6, 91, 134), the Nunc Dimittis, and settings of compline hymns such as ‘Te lucis ante terminum’ and ‘Save us, O Lord’.
With the exception of Compline, all services include hymns which are sung by the choir and congregation, and outgoing organ voluntaries. We receive comparatively few hymns and works for organ solo, and would be pleased to see more.
Your entry to the Call for Scores
We generally receive many more pieces than we have the possibility of performing, and so the following guidelines and suggestions are intended to give a helpful steer to applicants for submitting a successful entry to the Call.
- Pieces for choir should be scored for SATB or SSATB with no divisi. Both accompanied and unaccompanied pieces are accepted, with the exception of music for Compline, which should be unaccompanied.
- We will also accept shorter pieces for use as introits scored for upper or lower voices alone, though these should be unaccompanied.
- Music should be appropriate for regular use in Church services, written at a level of difficulty that is appropriate for a single rehearsal before each service.
- Music should be submitted in electronic copy – preferably as a PDF. A link for submitting your composition can be found at the bottom of this page.
- The composer should gain permission to use any texts currently under copyright before submitting their entry.
- Submissions should be accompanied by a 100 word biography and any composition notes you wish to add.
- The deadline for submission is Friday 29th January 2016.
- Successful applicants will be notified by email, and a list of pieces selected from the Call will be posted on www.lfccm.com.
- The 2016 Festival falls within Eastertide and 15th May is Pentecost
- On 11/12th May we will celebrate the Patronal Festival at St Pancras. Works might celebrate, reflect or focus upon the establishment of the church, or the lives of saints in general.
- We have particular need for short settings of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei) and Preces and Responses.
- We are looking for works which are idiomatic and effective; works which are written to be performed in services, to be contemplative, inspiring, uplifting and which are able to act as a point of focus.
- Some of the best works to come through the Call are comparatively simple; this is particularly important for works that we hope will become a regular feature in the repertoire of church choirs.
The deadline for submission is Friday 29th January 2016.
Successful applicants will be notified by email, and a list of pieces selected from the Call will be posted on www.lfccm.com.