1 September – 15 November 2019 for selection and performance in May 2020
Call for Scores is an open competition for music to be performed at the next Festival. Since the first Call for Scores in 2010 we have received hundreds of new compositions from around the world, both from established composers as well as from those whose careers are just beginning. All composers, no matter your age and level of experience, are warmly invited to submit new compositions. We also accept commercial submissions of newly published contemporary music.
Churches across London are invited to select music from Call for Scores to include in their services. These will principally be Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong services that are sung on the opening and closing Sundays of the Festival. In addition to these services, we are interested in new music for Compline, sung at St Pancras Parish Church on Monday evening of Festival week. On certain occasions, submissions to Call for Scores may also be premiered at concerts and recitals.
- Musical items for Choral Eucharist include Introits, Masses, and Motets.
- Musical items for Choral Evensong include Introits, Preces & Responses, Canticles, and Anthems.
- Musical items for Compline include settings of the Nunc Dimittis, and choral settings of Compline hymns such as Te lucis ante terminum and Save us, O Lord.
- With the exception of Compline, all services include congregational hymns and organ voluntaries, and we welcome submissions of new hymns and works for solo organ suitable for performance at organ recitals during the Festival.
Submitting to Call for Scores
There are three ways for for you to submit your music to Call for Scores.
- Youth submissions from composers aged 18 or younger. All young unpublished composers are welcome to submit works to Call for Scores. The Festival offers mentoring and feedback before and after your submission, and selected submissions will be premiered during the Festival at a Choral Eucharist featuring music drawn entirely from submissions by young composers.
- Personal submissions of unpublished works by composers aged 18 or over. All composers are welcome to submit one or more unpublished works to Call for Scores. You acknowledge you hold the copyright of your submissions, and you agree to grant us the right to distribute and reproduce your scores for the purpose of performance as part of the LFCCM. We then liaise with participating churches to ensure that as many qualifying submissions as possible receive a performance as part of the Festival.
- Commercial submissions of published works by composers of any age. Commercial publishers are welcome to submit new publications to Call for Scores. You agree to grant us the right to distribute your scores, strictly for the purposes of review as part of the LFCCM, to participating churches. You are encouraged to watermark your scores. We then liaise with interested churches to guide them through the process of submitting a purchase order directly to you.
We generally receive many more pieces than we have the possibility of performing. Please consider the following guidelines carefully:
- Pieces for choir should be scored for SATB or SSATB with minimal divisi. Both accompanied and unaccompanied pieces are accepted, with the exception of music for Compline, which should be unaccompanied.
- We can 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 as a PDF generated directly from a music typesetter. Scans of pre-printed or handwritten scores will not be accepted.
- The composer must gain appropriate written permission to use any texts currently under copyright before submitting their entry.
- Works might celebrate, reflect or focus upon the season of Easter, the establishment of the church, the life of St Pancras or of saints in general, or Pentecost. Please keep in mind that we cannot arrange liturgical performance of music that is not seasonally suitable for the Festival period; we cannot arrange performances of Christmas and Advent music during the Festival, for instance. Consider the seasonality of your music carefully.
- 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 most effective works are comparatively simple; this is particularly important for works that we hope will become a regular feature in the repertoire of church choirs.
- Submissions can be accompanied by a brief biography and any composition notes you may wish to provide.
The next Call for Scores opens on 1 September 2019.