Britten Sinfonia: OPUS2018


Britten Sinfonia has a history of innovation and excellence. Renowned for adventurous programming and a dynamic new approach to performing, over our twenty-five year history we have aimed to expand the horizons of what an orchestra ‘could’ or ‘should’ be and of how people engage with us and our music-making. In 2013, the OPUS composition competition was launched to further this vision with the goal of discovering an exciting new compositional voice.

Now entering its sixth year, OPUS winners are among the best up-and-coming compositional talents in the UK however, we want to push the boundaries further, widen the parameters, challenge ourselves and our audience and discover new musical terrain and all the creative potential therein.

With this in mind, OPUS2018 presents a new challenge to composers, retaining the core values true to both the competition and Britten Sinfonia as an organisation and evolving the competition and the At Lunch programmes in which the winning commission is couched.

OPUS2018 combines folk singer and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, Hannah Rarity, with a piano quintet of Britten Sinfonia’s musicians to form the ensemble for which the OPUS competition winner will be invited to write. Working with emerging talent from a non-classical field and including the use of text for the first time introduces a new and exciting edge to OPUS: allowing us to continue the search for a unique, new compositional voice, challenging shortlisted composers to expand their existing musical knowledge, opening the competition to a potential new and alternative range of entrants and audiences alike.

Five shortlisted composers will be invited to a public workshop day, during which they will receive:

– Mentoring from Sir James MacMillan

– The chance to work closely with Hannah Rarity and Britten Sinfonia musicians to develop their compositional techniques

– A performance of their sketch to an audience and panel of judges at Saffron Hall

The winning composer will also receive:

– At least three performances of their work in our At Lunch concert series (at London’s Wigmore Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and Norwich St Andrew’s Hall)

– A professional standard recording of their piece

– A commission fee

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit our website.

19 Oct 2018