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A4 Quartet seek one small step...?

If you are a composer inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Queen Victoria, Mahatma Gandi or the even the moon landings then you need to get writing for the A4 Brass Quartet...

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  From the moon landings to Leonardo da Vinci — landmark inspiration id what the A4 Quartet is looking for...

Entries have already started to come in for the second annual A4 Brass Quartet Composition Competition.

The multi-award winning ensemble recently accepted the role of Honorary Artists in Association at the Royal Northern College of Music, where the group was founded.

Landmark inspiration

This year the group is looking for a concert work inspired by one of the following landmark events which will be taking place in 2019:

500 years since death of Leonardo da Vinci
200 years since birth of Queen Victoria
150 years since birth of Mahatma Gandhi
50th anniversary of the moon landing

Rules:

The brief for the compositions is very free, but the following must apply to each entry:

Compositions must be of 4-8 minutes in duration

Works must never have been performed before

Instrumentation of: Bb Cornet (doubling Flugel), Tenor Horn in Eb, Baritone Horn in Bb (treble clef) and Euphonium in Bb (treble clef)

Mutes are available if required for all instruments

Anonymous scores are NOT required

Please consider presentation, practicality and suitability for concert performance for the entry!

The multi-award winning ensemble recently accepted the role of Honorary Artists in Association at the Royal Northern College of Music, where the group was founded4BR

Prizes:

Once again the group offers a generous prize fund, and also aim to encourage a new generation of student composers with a special Under 24 award (if both 1st and 2nd prize fall into this category, the next highest U24 entry will receive this award).

1st Prize: £400, a professional recording and regular performances on the quartet's concert series in 2019/2020.

2nd Prize: £150, a professional recording and regular performances on the quartet's concert series in 2019/2020.

Under 24 Prize: £100 and a professional recording of the work.

How to enter:

Scores can be submitted as either a Sibelius 7 (or earlier) file OR as PDF files accompanied by an mp3/m4a file, and need to be emailed to with 'A4 COMPOSITION' in the subject line.

The closing date for entries is Friday 8th March 2019, with award winners being announced and notified in early April.

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