The 2nd Peter Rosser Composition Award 2017
We are delighted to announce that the 2nd Peter Rosser Composition award is now open.
Criteria for submission, rules and guidelines can be downloaded in the document below.
We wish all the composers planning to submit the very best of luck and look forward to seeing your scores by the deadline.
Deadline for submission: 4pm Fri 28th April 2017
3 prizewinning composers will be shortlisted by Fri 12th May 2017
and the shortlisted composers will be informed by email.
All shortlisted works will be workshopped, performed and recorded (as well as video streamed) by Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble at a special event in Red Box Recording Studio, Belfast on Fri 26th May 2017.
The 1st Peter Rosser Composition Award, in 2016, was jointly established by
Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble and the Peter Rosser Foundation in memory of our
esteemed colleague and friend. It is supported by the Arts Council of Northern
Ireland, The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland, Cormac O’Kane of Red Box
Recording Studio, Belfast as well as through generous donations made in Peter’s
memory by friends and colleagues.
CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSION
Submission to the award is open to composers born or domicile in N. Ireland and
Republic of Ireland. The competition is open to composers regardless of age.
However, the award is aimed at emerging composers. The organisers, therefore,
welcome submissions from composers at the start of their careers.
• Deadlines for Submission
4pm Friday 28th April 2017
• 3 prizewinning composers will be shortlisted by Friday 12th May 2017
and the shortlisted composers will be informed by email
• All Shortlisted works will be workshopped, performed and recorded
(as well as video streamed) by Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble at a special
event in Red Box Recording Studio, Belfast on Friday 26th May 2017
The following awards will be bestowed:
• 1ST PRIZE £1,000
• 2ND PRIZE £500
• 3RD PRIZE £250
1.1 All submitted compositions should not have been performed before, must
not be published and should be written specifically for the 2nd Peter Rosser
Composition Award and the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble.
The following statement must appear in a preface page of the score:
“This score was written for submission in the 2nd Peter Rosser Composition
Award 2017 and for the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble”.
1.2 Compositions must use all 5 of the following instruments: Violin, Cello, Flute
(optional doubling picc & alto), Bb Clarinet (optional doubling bass clarinet)
and piano. Scores that differ in any way from this instrumentation will not
be admissible. The use of electronics or a tape element is not permitted.
1.3 The composition should be between 5 and 8 minutes duration and should
state the exact duration in the preface page.
1.4 Only composers who can attend the workshop and performance in Belfast
on Friday 26th May 2017 will be eligible for the award. A travel bursary for
composers traveling to the event from within NI and ROI will be made
available through the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland.
1.5 The decision of the jury in relation to the shortlisting of works and the
bestowing of awards is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.
1.6 The jury reserves the right not to make awards where it feels a minimum
required standard has not been met.
1.7 Only one piece may be submitted by a composer.
Submissions must be sent in 2 separate emails. Please send your submission using
the email address that you would like us to use for all future correspondence to:
The first email must contain:
2.1 The composition (along with a full set of parts) submitted as PDF files
(A synthesized recording of the piece as an mp3 file is optional).
Any extended techniques or non-standard notation must be explained in
the preface page.
2.2 Neither the performance materials (including score), nor the mp3 should
contain the composer’s name. If the composers name is included anywhere
on the submitted materials the submission will be deemed ineligible.
2.3 The score and parts must be marked with a logo or pseudonym.
The second email must contain:
2.4 An A4 PDF document with your name, postal address, date of birth, place
of study (if applicable), contact telephone number and the identifying logo
or pseudonym used to identify the score. You should copy and paste the
following statement onto this document and sign it.
I can confirm, if this piece is shortlisted, that I will be available for the
workshop and performance in Belfast on Friday 26th May 2017 and that I
accept the rules of the award as set out in Section 1. and the guidelines for
submission as set out in Section 2. This piece was written exclusively for
the 2nd Peter Rosser Award and Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble and has never
been previously published, performed or recorded. I understand that the
copyright of the work will remain with the composer, however the recording
made during the workshop or performance will remain the property of Hard
Rain SoloistEnsemble and may be used in the future by the composer for
promotional purpose only, not for commercial purposes and only with the
ensembles permission. I accept that any breach of the rules or guidelines for
submission will result in the work being deemed as ineligible for the award.
2.5 A photocopy of the photo page in either an Irish or UK passport showing
your place of birth as being in either N. Ireland or Rep. of Ireland. In
the case of an applicant originally from outside N.Ireland or ROI who
is claiming to be domicile in NI or ROI, in addition to your passport
photocopy showing your nationality, you must provide a utility bill in
your name showing your address in either NI or ROI.
2.6 A short biog (less than 200 words) and high res photo