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The Grand Organ Composers’ Competition

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York Minster is inviting composers to create a new composition to celebrate the return of the Grand Organ, following the completion of the once-in-a-century refurbishment of the instrument.

Working in partnership with the Cathedral Music Trust and Banks Music Publications, the Minster is encouraging both amateur and professional musicians to submit a new work for solo organ in one of two categories – ages 18 and under or 19 and over.

The deadline for submissions to the ages 19 and over category was Monday 13 September and this category has now closed. The deadline to submit an entry in the aged 18 and under category is 5pm on Tuesday 9 November 2021.

The winning entries will be premiered at the cathedral later this year during services for Advent and Christmas.

Entries will be judged by members of a panel of industry experts, which includes New York based American composer Nico Muhly, composer and former York Minster Organist and Master of Music Philip Moore, British composer Roxanna Panufnik, Canadian-born organist, conductor and composer Sarah MacDonald and York Minster’s Assistant Director of Music Ben Morris.

As well as hearing their piece performed as part of the cathedral’s carol services later this year, winners and runners-up will receive financial prizes ranging from £250 to £1,500, with the winner in each category also having their score published by choral and organ specialists Banks Music Publications.

For full details of how to apply download the brief and form below. The deadline for submissions in the aged 18 and under category is 5pm on Tuesday 9 November 2021.

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