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The John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers 2023

Friday, March 24, 2023


A prestigious international competition offering young composers an opportunity to present an original piece of liturgical choral music suitable for performance within a cathedral setting.

Prize: £1000: Possible publishing contract: first performance during 2023 Three Choir Festival in Gloucester Cathedral

1. Young composers are invited to submit an accompanied (organ) or unaccompanied choral composition suitable to be sung as an Introit or anthem.
2. The composition should be of up to 5 minutes in length.
3. The composition should have been specifically created for the 2023 Sanders Society Competition and should not have been performed in public. Contravention of this rule may lead to disqualification.
4. The competition is open to composers under the age of 30 years on 24th March 2023.
5. Each composer may submit only one entry.
6. Scoring: SATB choir with optional organ accompaniment.
7. If unaccompanied, all scores must include a piano reduction below each system.
8. The required text for the 2023 composition is taken from Psalm 33

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