The final of the Composer’s Competition took place at the SRP Festival in Durham in April 2019. That competition was a success and featured some difficult but fascinating pieces. For 2020, I have decided to set up a competition with a different slant – to encourage the writing of music suitable for SRP branches. The competition is run by myself, with help and advice from Helen Hooker and Ann Marshall.
There is not often an opportunity in the recorder world to recall the words of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, but we want the competition to be of the people, by the people and for the people! We will provide examples to potential entrants of the sort of music that is playable by SRP Branches. At the 2020 National Festival, all players will be welcome to join in playing the finalists’ pieces. And finally, the winners will be chosen by the people at the festival. We hence hope that the winning pieces will be much liked by SRP branches.
We are going to great lengths to ensure that nobody except the competition administrator knows who has written the submitted pieces. When the winners are announced at the festival, it will be the first time that anyone involved in judging the pieces will know who those winners are. And for the avoidance of all doubt, no, the Marshalls are not eligible to enter!
The competition is now launched, and The Composers’ Competition 2020 website explains all. Everybody, except those running the competition, is eligible to enter, We hope that we will have a lot of entries. The three winning entries will be published by May Hill Edition (if the composers so wish), there are cash prizes, and it is likely that their work will be played widely in the SRP and elsewhere.
So, composers – please get writing!