Composing competition for Crouch End Festival Chorus

"From the heart – may it return to the heart!"

These are the immortal words of Beethoven, on the title page of his great Missa Solemnis score. Crouch End Festival Chorus, one of the UK's leading choirs, is inviting composers of all styles and traditions to submit an original setting of these words for unaccompanied choir. The words may be set in any language and the winning piece will be performed by CEFC as an introduction to Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 5 October 2019.

The competition is open to all UK-resident composers, regardless of experience. Entries must not be longer than five minutes and must not have been previously performed. The closing date for entries is 1 May 2019.

Competition Terms and Conditions
The competition is open to composers aged 18 or above but is only open to UK residents.

All entries:

must be for unaccompanied choir.
must encompass the full range of the choir’s voices (from soprano through to bass).
may be no longer than five minutes in duration.
must be submitted by email to as a choral score in PDF format, notated either electronically or by hand.
must be submitted with the entrant’s full name and contact details.
must not have had any prior public performance.
must use either the original German text: Von Herzen – möge es wieder – zu Herzen gehen! or, in English, From the heart – may it return to the heart! It is also permissible to set a translation of these words in any other language. No other text may be used.
must have an accompanying audio file.
The deadline for submission of entries is 1 May 2019. There will be a panel of judges led by David Temple MBE (Music Director) whose decision will be final. The winner will be notified and the result published on our website on 1 July 2019. Copyright of the winning piece will remain with the composer. Queries regarding the competition should be addressed to

The winning piece will be premiered in CEFC’s concert on 5 October 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

The programme will be:

Winner of ‘From the heart’ competition
Missa Solemnis: Beethoven

Erica Eloff soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Hulett tenor
Neal Davies bass

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Mozart Players

David Temple conductor

More details can be found here

1 May 2019