BSO Composer's Day 2019 Call For Scores

BSO Composers' Day 2019: Call for Scores
With lead Composer Sally Beamish

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra invites composers to submit scores, a selection of which will be performed by the full Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kokoro in workshops led by Sally Beamish as part of the BSO’s Composers’ Day on Saturday 2 March 2019.

Following the success of three previous Composers’ Days with Sir James MacMillan, Colin Matthews and Mark Anthony Turnage, the BSO is delighted to welcome Sally Beamish as the lead composer for the 2019 event, along with BSO guest conductors and composers. The BSO has a long history of championing new music and is once again opening the doors of the Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts for a full day of public workshops which are open to all composers.

ORCHESTRA SCORES | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
We invite original scores for orchestral forces of up to a maximum of:
3333 4331 1T 2P 1Hp and strings
up to 8 minutes duration

ENSEMBLE SCORES | Kokoro the BSO new music ensemble
We invite original scores for up to the following forces:
1 violin, 1 cello, 1 flute doubling piccolo, 1 clarinet doubling bass clarinet, 1 percussion player and 1 piano
up to 5 minutes duration

Composers must be currently resident or studying in the UK and available to attend the Composers’ Day on Saturday 2 March 2019
All scores must not have already received a professional performance or workshop
Only one orchestral and one ensemble submission per composer

To submit a score
Please send a printed copy of your score by 17:00 on Wednesday 14 November 2018, together with a covering letter, including your name, street and email addresses, telephone number, and CV to: Alison Holmes, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 2 Seldown Lane, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UF. Please include a stamped addressed envelope if you would like us to return your score.

Selection process
The selection panel will be led by Sally Beamish and the decision of the panel will be final.

For any queries, please contact Alison Holmes at

End of October 2018 Full Composers’ Day workshop details available
Wednesday 14 November 2018 Deadline for receipt of scores
Friday 14 December 2018 Chosen scores announced
Early January 2019 Selected composers asked to submit a ‘Sibelius’ file, from which the BSO library will create the parts. We can offer advice on accessing ‘Sibelius’ if necessary.

14 Nov 2018