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The Clements Prize for Composers

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We are inviting young composers to submit a work for string trio to the 2021 Clements Prize, with a **top prize of £3,000**.  We will select up to 8 composers, whose pieces will be performed by members of the Piatti Quartet at the final round on 17 October 2021.

 

To book tickets to attend the final round, please visit this page.

 

Alfred J. Clements (1858-1938) was the organiser and secretary of the South Place Sunday Concerts (predecessor of Conway Hall Sunday Concerts) from their inception in 1887 until his death.  In the first half of the twentieth century the competition bearing his name encouraged the composition of new chamber works, establishing a tradition which set Conway Hall right at the centre of British contemporary music.

After the disaster wrought on the music industry by the coronavirus in 2020, Conway Hall Sunday Concerts is keen to support young musicians and new music in whatever way possible.  2021 sees the relaunch of The Clements Prize, which will call for new compositions for string trio.

Alongside the competition, scores submitted for previous editions from the Conway Hall Archive will be available for the first time via the Conway Hall website and a selection exhibited before the final round of the competition.  We are grateful to Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and to The London Community Foundation for making this exciting event possible.

 

Call for Composers:

  • We welcome the submission of new works for string trio (violin, viola and cello).
  • The submitted work must be no longer than 12 minutes in length.
  • Composers must be 35 or under on 17 October 2021.
  • We welcome applications from composers of any nationality. The scheme is open to UK and non-UK applicants.
  • We particularly encourage submissions from female, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), disabled and LGBTI composers.

The deadline for submission is Friday 31 July 2021, 5pm.

 

How to apply:

  1. Composers are required to submit this form, including:
  • A PDF of the full score (A4)
  • PDFs of the three parts, as individual documents (A4), formatted to facilitate easy page turns
  • A recording of the work either as an mp3 or as an electronic file (from Sibelius or similar software)
  1. We are unable to accept printed copies.
  2. Composers selected for the final round on 17 October 2021 must be available to attend the afternoon rehearsal, evening performance and prize presentation. Those selected will be paid a fee of £100.

 

Process:

  • A shortlist of compositions will be drawn up in August 2021 and all composers notified of the result.
  • The final round will take place on 17 October 2021 (6.3opm at Conway Hall) at which all shortlisted compositions will be performed by members of the Piatti Quartet in front of a panel of composers, musicians and concert promoters.
  • The winner of The Clements Prize 2021 will be awarded a prize of £3,000.
  • This performance will also be streamed via YouTube Live and will welcome a physical audience, in line with government restrictions at the time.

Queries should be directed to Simon Callaghan, Director of Music at simon@conwayhall.org.uk

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