Echo Composition Competition

echo are looking for a new piece for vocal ensemble to be performed as part of our 2019/2020 season. The competition will be judged by Robert Hollingworth, Judith Weir and members of the group, and the winning entry will receive £500 in prize money and a premiere of the work.

This competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over, from anywhere in the world. There is no entrance fee.


- The piece should be between 3 and 6 minutes in duration

- It should be written for no more than eight vocal parts (SSAATTBB), without the need for accompanying instrumentalists.

- The piece should respond in some way to the following quote. The full poem can be accessed here:

“Very small and damaged and quite dry,
a Roman water nymph made of bone
tries to summon a river out of limestone”
Alice Oswald

-“Working” scores will be accepted, for example one minute of music accompanied by a detailed written concept.

How to apply:

Please send your materials to by the 31st June 2019 at 1pm. Include a PDF of the score and an audio file.

The winning piece and shortlisted pieces will be announced on 1st September 2019.

30 Jun 2019