An invitation to write an ensemble piece open to all un-published composers in SCOTLANDNo age limit.

The piece is to be written for the group, ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, based at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. The INME has a policy of commissioning composers to write for a flexible ensemble. We have premiered over 50 new works in the last 19 years.

The composition starting point [inspiration] shall be the Celtic plainchant composed and sung on Inchcolm, an Island in the river Forth near Edinburgh where hundreds of years ago, Augustinian monks lived and worshiped in the Abbey.

The composition should have a duration of around ten minutes, and be written for voices and any combination of orchestral instruments [not keyboard]. Pieces must be written with flexibility of voicing and/or instrumentation in mind as the group that will perform the piece could be formed of any combination of voices and instruments.

The voice parts may be:

Four part: SATB

Three part: SAB

Two part: Mezzo sop and Baritone or ST singing in unison and AB singing in unison.

The instrumental parts must be written as part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Parts one and two written in the treble clef for instruments such as flute, violin and oboe. Part three in the treble or alto clef for instruments such as viola, clarinet or horn. Parts four and five written in the bass clef for instruments such as bassoon, cello or double bass.

Please take into consideration that the standard of the ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, although amateur, is high.

1st Prize           £500

Deadline for submissions: 1st February 2018.

For further information and sample plainchant music, please contact:

Steve King

Director of Music at Heriot Watt University