International Competition for Women Composers 2020

Entry to this year's competition is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who took part.  


The Brixworth Music Festival, England, is delighted to announce a third international competition for women composers.

We are looking for a work for solo organ with a duration of 6-8 minutes. The work should in some way reflect on and celebrate the music of Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704), in commemoration of her 400th anniversary. The competition is open to any female composer of any nationality and there is no age limit for entrants. For information and specification of the organ please go to the Friends of All Saints Church website. 

The following prizes will be awarded:

                                                                            First prize: £1,000

                                                                            Honourable Mention

The prize-winning work will be played by Ian Clarke at the next Brixworth Music Festival during a lunchtime concert on 10th May 2020. 

The jury comprises the following members:














Conditions of entry

  • Only one work may be entered.

  • The entered work may not have previously been performed or published.

  • Performance material must be supplied by the prize-winner.

  • Any instructions should be in English.

Closing date: 31st January 2020
Prize winners will be announced at the end of February 2020.

Entry fee: £25.00
Please pay by Paypal or make a transfer to the following bank account:

Account Name         Brixworth Musical Festival
Account Number     29995568
Sort Code                  77-21-12
IBAN Code                GB90LOYD77211229995568
BIC Code                   LOYDGB21A60



Submissions should be entered as follows:
Please send the score of the work in PDF form to:

Please include the words 2020 Competition Entry in the title of your email

1. Only the title and the duration should appear on the work. The composer's name must not appear on the work.
2. Clear performance instructions in English must be included if this is not clear from the score.
3. In a separate email please send the following information:

  •  a) title of work

  •  b) details of entrant (name and address)

  •  c) a short biography

  •  d) one recent photograph

  •  e) proof of payment of the entry fee


The entries (anonymous) will then be forwarded to the jury.

Previous winners:
2018 – Karen Lemon (Australia)
2019 – Rosalie Coopman (UK)

Legal Information

  • a) Submitted scores will not be returned.

  • b) By taking part in the competition the participant agrees to abide by the conditions.

  • c) The copyright remains with the composer.

  • d) 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.

  • e) There is no right to appeal.

  • f) The decision of the jury is final.


Vivienne Olive       Composer, Professor of Music Theory in Nuremberg, retired;                                              Joint Artistic Director of the Brixworth Music Festival

Gwion Thomas     Singer and Joint Artistic Director of the Brixworth Music Festival            

Ian Clarke               Organist, Harpsichordist and Conductor

                                      and other members of the of the Brixworth Music Festival, as appropriate.

The short list will be sent to our external adjudicator for the final decision:

 Judith Weir           Composer and Master of the Queen's Music

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


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