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A4 composition competition launched

Sunday 10 December, 2017

A4 Brass Quartet has launched its inaugural composition competition, looking to inspire a new generation of chamber music writers for this unique brass ensemble model, with a healthy £600 prize fund to boot.

The group, which is now enlisted on the Royal Northern College of Music’s International Artist Diploma Scheme (IAD), is still fresh from its debut performance in London’s internationally renowned Wigmore Hall, in which it premièred a substantial new work by newly-announced BBC Concert Orchestra conductor Bramwell Tovey. This is coupled with being presented the Elias Fawcett award for an outstanding ensemble in the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music competition by HRH Princess Alexandra, and also being one of the winners of the prestigious Tunnell Trust Ensemble awards in Scotland.

Ahead of a busy 2018, A4 is now looking for some fresh innovation from external composers to feature in their upcoming programming and recording plans. Applicants are welcome from any age group, although there is a special prize awarded for the under 24 age group to encourage current undergraduate students to apply. The brief for the piece is very free, but it must last between four and eight minutes, and never have been performed previously.

The winner will receive £350, a professional recording and regular performances on the quartet’s concert series in 2018/2019. The runner-up prize is £150, a professional recording and regular performances on the quartet’s concert series in 2018/2019. The under-24 award is £100 and a professional recording of the work.

Entries should be submitted to a4brassquartet@hotmail.co.uk by midnight on 23 February 2018.