Composers are invited to submit a new unaccompanied choral motet for Westminster Cathedral's inaugural Composition Competition. A prize of £750 will be awarded to the winner, and the winning motet will be premiered at the 10am Solemn Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Palm Sunday, 14 April 2019 by Westminster Cathedral Choir.
The competition is open to all composers aged 35 and under, and the deadline for entries is 6pm on Friday 15 February 2019. There is an entry fee of £10.
2019 marks the sixtieth anniversary of George Malcolm's legendary 1959 recording of Victoria's Tenebræ Responsories with Westminster Cathedral Choir; it was one of the first recordings of Renaissance music committed to LP, and is still today a benchmark recording of these dramatic works, music that Westminster Cathedral Choir sings every Holy Week.
As well as the Cathedral's Master of Music and Assistant Master of Music, the adjudication panel will include the renowned composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan, who has had a long relationship with Westminster Cathedral Choir, resulting in many commissions and premieres, including a setting of 'Tu es Petrus' for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
Composers are to submit a motet which, as a minimum, conforms to the following requirements:
• Is an unaccompanied setting of the given text (the motet should set the Latin text, not the English translation).
• Is scored in line with the Victoria Tenebræ Responsories (SATB without divisi).
• Lasts no longer than four minutes (based on a metronome mark for the piece).
The score may be typeset or handwritten, but should either way be a suitable performing edition. Scores should not include the name of the composer, but instead a pseudonym (which should also be marked clearly on the application form). The competition is open to composers of any nationality aged thirty-five and under on 15 February 2019. An entry fee of £10 will be due along with the application forms.
Omnes amíci mei dereliquérunt me, et prævaluérunt insidiántes mihi: trádidit me quem diligébam: Et terribílibus óculis plaga crudéli percutiéntes, acéto potábant me.
Inter iníquos proiecérunt me, et non pepercérunt ánimæ meæ. Et terribílibus óculis plaga crudéli percutiéntes, acéto potábant me.
All my friends have deserted me, and plotters have prevailed over me. He whom I loved has betrayed me. And with fierce looks and cruel blows they gave me vinegar to drink.
They cast me among the wicked and did not spare my soul. And with fierce looks and cruel blows they gave me vinegar to drink.
Completed applications should be sent by post to:
Westminster Cathedral Clergy House 42 Francis St
London SW1P 1QW
Applications should include:
• Two unbound copies of the score.
• A completed application form.
• A cheque for £10 made payable to ‘Westminster Cathedral Music Department’.
The deadline for submissions is 6pm on Friday 15 February 2019; Westminster Cathedral will not be obliged to accept any applications received after this date. Applicants should therefore ensure that appropriate steps are taken to avoid any delays caused by postage. Applications will be acknowledged via email by 6pm on Wednesday 20 February 2019. For any enquiries, please contact Jonathan Allsopp (firstname.lastname@example.org).