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Choir & Organ is the leading independent magazine for all professionals and amateurs in the choral and organ worlds – whether you are an organist, choral director or singer, organ builder, keen listener, or work in publishing or the record industry, Choir & Organ is a must-read wherever you live and work.

Every two months our expert contributors bring you beautifully illustrated features on newly built and restored organs, insights into the lives and views of leading organists, choral directors and composers, profiles of pioneering and well-established choirs, and topical coverage of new research, festivals and exhibitions. In keeping with our commitment to music at the cutting edge, we commission a new work from a young composer in every issue, making the score freely available for download and performance.

Our international news and previews, with breaking stories, key awards and forthcoming premieres, combine with reviews of the latest CDs, DVDs and sheet music, and listings of recitals, festivals and courses, to keep you up to date with events and developments around the world.

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Choir & Organ Composition Competition 2014

Choir & Organ is pleased to announce the Composition Competition 2014 in partnership with Merton College, Oxford.

The composer of the winning entry will receive a prize of £1,000, sponsored by Rhinegold Publishing Ltd. The composer will also be interviewed in the November/December 2014 issue of Choir & Organ and the score will be published on the Choir & Organ website as part of its New Music series as well as included in the Merton Choirbook, being produced in celebration of the 750th anniversary of Merton College.

The premiere will be given by Merton College Choir during Advent 2014.


The competition is open to composers of any nationality who are under the age of 30 on 30 June 2014.

Entry requirements

  1. Entrants are invited to submit an Advent or Christmas carol for up to 8-voice unaccompanied choir (SATB div). This must be an original work and must last not longer than 4 minutes (based on the composer’s metronome or tempo mark). Choice of text rests with the composer, but it is essential that it is out of copyright.
  2. The work must be of a suitable standard for the Choir of Merton College.
  3. Scores must be typeset to a professional standard on A4-size pages.

Applications and closing date

Five copies of the score must be sent, one copy of which should have the composer’s name, address, telephone number and email written on the back of each page; the remaining four copies should have no identification markings on them.

Scores must be sent to:

Composition Competition 2014
Choir & Organ
Rhinegold Publishing Ltd
Rhinegold House
20 Rugby Street

Closing date: 30 June 2014

Terms and conditions

  1. The composition must be an unpublished original work written after 1 November 2013.
  2. The work must not have had a public performance, a recording that is publicly available (whether commercial or not), or a broadcast of any sort.
  3. The competition will be judged during July 2014 by a jury comprising Benjamin Nicholas (director of music, Merton College, Oxford), Simon Halsey (chief conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir, chorus director of the CBSO Chorus, and choral director of the LSO and Chorus), Donald Nally (director of The Crossing, and professor at Northwestern University), Meurig Bowen (artistic director, Cheltenham Festival), Matthew Martin (composer) and the editor of Choir & Organ.
  4. The jury reserves the right to withhold the first prize.
  5. The winner will be notified by 31 July 2014.
  6. Choir & Organ will publish an interview with the winner in the November/December 2014 issue.
  7. The work will be included in the Merton Choirbook.
  8. The composer will retain the copyright of the work, but will grant the right to Choir & Organ to publish the score on the Choir & Organ website from October issue and to keep it on the website as a free download for six months.
  9. The Choir of Merton College reserves the premiere recording rights until 31 January 2016.
  10. Scores are sent at entrants’ own risk. We cannot acknowledge receipt of scores, nor return any material submitted.
  11. In all matters relating to the competition the decision of the jury is final and correspondence will not be entered into. Submitting an entry for the competition indicates the entrant’s unqualified acceptance of these terms.

Further information

The Choir of Merton College can be heard at these links:

Merton College

Merton College, by KT Bruce

Benjamin Nicholas, director of music at Merton College, comments:

'In 2014 Merton College celebrates its 750th anniversary, and one of the most exciting projects marking that anniversary is the commissioning of some 50 new choral works. I am delighted that we have this partnership with Choir & Organ throughout 2014, and that the winner of this competition will have their piece included in our collection.'

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