Young composer of the year competition returns

The east Kent-based choir is asking young music writers to produce a composition themed on the Garden of England.

The east Kent-based Caritas Chamber Choir is holding its second Young Composer of the Year Competition.

It is inviting compositions based on the theme of the Garden of England with £500 awarded to the winner and £250 for five runners-up.

Ragnar Bohlin, director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, will judge the entries.

The competition is open to composers of any nationality born between 1983 and 2000 and the work should be scored for a minimum of four parts – soprano, alto, tenor, bass – or eight parts with two of each voice. They can be with or without piano.

Caritas, which is directed by Benedict Preece, says the works should have “elements of melody and harmony to reflect the characteristics of the composer’s chosen text and should ideally last between four and six minutes”.

Submissions should sent to by April 1.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.


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