Call for entries: Opera North’s Minute Masterpieces!

If you’ve ever fancied composing music for a full orchestra but haven’t yet tried writing a full-length symphony… now’s your chance.

Opera North is seeking emerging composers from all backgrounds and traditions to write new 60-second pieces on the theme of ‘Home’. The Minute Masterpieces will be performed by its award-winning ensemble, the Orchestra of Opera North and will form part of the company’s celebrations around the opening of the Howard Opera Centre later this year.

Up to six compositions will be performed live for an audience by the Orchestra and recorded as part of the 2021/22 Kirklees Concert Season. Each composer will receive a commissioning fee of £500. Of course, the opportunity is so much more than that as Opera North hopes to build relationships with these emerging composers which may lead to further commissions. It really is a marvellous and magnificent opportunity.

The judging panel will comprise Opera North’s Music Director Garry Walker, Director of
Orchestra and Chorus Phil Boughton, Professor Rachel Cowgill, Professor of Music,
University of York, and award-winning sitarist and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun.

So what do you have to do to enter? First off, you’ll need to be an early career / emerging composer rather than an established artist. You’ll have a full orchestra to work with. Each piece should be scored for orchestra only (not vocals), it should be one minute long and should be written to the theme of ‘Home’.

When you’re ready, submit a sound file together with full score where possible and a brief CV to

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? If music is your thing this is a wonderful opportunity – don’t miss out.

Photograph credited to Justin Slee

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