​​​​​​International  Competition for Women Composers


The Brixworth Music Festival, England, announces an international competition for women composers.

We are looking for a work that is 6-8 minutes long and is scored for voice (soprano and/or baritone) and three to five instruments taken from the wind quintet formation (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn or bassoon) plus voice. The text should have some reference to William Shakespeare since the winning work will take place during Shakespeare's birthday week.  There is no age limit for entrants.

The following prizes will be awarded: 


                                                                1st Prize: £500

                                                  2nd Prize: £200     

The prize-winning work (1st prize) will be played by the John Clare Wind Quintet at the next Brixworth Music Festival in April 25th 2018.  The jury is not obliged to award all prizes.

The jury is made up of the following members:

     Vivienne Olive                 Composer and honorary professor of music theory at the Musikhochschule Nuremberg,

                                                joint artistic director of the Brixworth Music Festival.
     Gwion Thomas               Professional opera singer and concert soloist, tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire

                                               and joint artistic director of the Brixworth Music Festival.
     Chloe Willson-Thomas  Professional singer, teacher, Rector of the Church of All Saints, Brixworth.

     Graham Tear                  Conductor, professional flautist, woodwind teacher, member of the John Clare Wind Quintet

     Peter Dunkley                Conductor, professional clarinettist, former head of the Northampton Music & Performing

                                              Arts Trust, member of the John Clare Wind Quintet.
External judge of the short-list entries:

      Judith Weir                     Composer and Master of the Queen's Music

​​The committee of the Brixworth Music Festival reserves the right to find a replacement for absent jury members. 

Further Information​
Conditions of entry

                                                a) Only one work may be entered which can, however, consist of several shorter pieces.
                                                b) The entered work may not have previously been performed or published.
                                                c) Performance material (score and parts) must be supplied.
                                                d) Any instructions should be in English.  

Closing date: 31st January 2018
Prize winners will be announced at the end of February 2018.
Entry fee: £20.00
Please pay by Paypal

or make a transfer to the following bank account:

Submissions should be entered as follows:

Entries must be in a large envelope on which a freely chosen four-digit code can be seen. This envelope must contain the following:

  1. Five copies of the work with its title and duration. No name may appear on the work – only the four-digit code.
  2. Clear performance instructions (five copies) in English if this is not clear from the score.
  3. Proof of entry fee submission.
  4. A sealed envelope bearing the same code which contains the following information:
  • a) Details of entrant (name and address)
  • b) a short biography
  • c) one recent photograph

Address:   Gwion Thomas
                    Brixworth Music Festival
                    The Vicarage
                    Station Road
                    NN6 9DF

Legal Information

  • a) Submitted scores cannot be returned.
  • b) The organisation is not liable for loss or damage of the scores.
  • c) By taking part in the competition the participant agrees to abide by the conditions
  • d) The copyright remains with the composer.
  • e) The Brixworth Music Festival reserves the right of documentation, is entitled to make sound and visual recordings of all concerts and may use this documentation to publicise information about this competition. Sound and visual recordings may be used without charge in the media and to this end may also be copied, distributed, performed, broadcast and/or made available to the public. In the case of commercial use the participant will, however, receive appropriate remuneration.
  • f) There is no right to appeal..
  • g) The decision of the jury is final.

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Account Number     29995568
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