Composers' Competition 2020

As a choir we are eager to return to the rehearsal room. In an attempt to support the Welsh creative industry during this period, Côr CF1 has decided to set a challenge for Welsh composers to compose a new choral piece to be performed in 2021.

The choir is keen to encourage any Welsh composer to write a piece that would be suitable to perform in a concert hall and in a competition.

We are delighted that a friend of the choir and composer, Professor Paul Mealor, will join the choir's musical team, Eilir Owen Griffiths, Richard Vaughan and Rhiannon Pritchard, to adjudicate the competition.

The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £600 (donated by the choir and Curiad Publishing Company), CF1 will perform the work and Curiad will publish the winning score. As well as choosing a winner, we may choose to perform some of the pieces that come close to winning.

If you need any more information, or if you have difficulty using the form please contact [email protected].

Good luck!

Rules and how to apply

  1. The piece must be between 2 and 4 minutes long.
  2. All applications must be submitted by the end of the day on 1 October 2020.
  3. The competition is open to anyone born in Wales, who has a parent who was born in Wales, or who has lived in Wales for a period of no less than three years.
  4. The work should be suitable for an SATB or SSAATTBB choir, or any combination between the two.
  5. You may use any words for the composition, in any language but it is the composer's responsibility to ensure the right to use the words.
  6. CF1 will retain the exclusive right to perform the work for one year after the first performance. Subsequently, the rights are transferred to the composer.
  7. You may compete more than once. You should use a different nom de plume for each separate attempt.
  8. The judging panel will adjudicate the pieces and choose a winner. This will be confirmed by the choir’s committee. That decision will be final and the panel reserves the right not to award any piece that does not reach the appropriate standard.
  9. Composers are asked to complete the application form by 1 October 2020. You will need to fill in a different form for each attempt.
  10. You must not give your name or any reference to your name on the copy, or in the name of the file. Include the title of the composition and your nickname on the composition.
  11. A PDF file of your composition must be submitted. You can also choose to include an audio file if you wish.