Could you compose the next great masterpiece?
York Minster is inviting composers to write a new piece of music to celebrate the return of its Grand Organ.
The instrument has recently completed its once-in-a-century refurbishment.
Participants are invited to submit a new work for solo organ in one of two categories – ages 18 and under or 19 and over.
The Grand Organ Composers’ Competition is open to both amateur and professional musicians.
The competition is in partnership with the Cathedral Music Trust and Banks Music Publications.
Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts and the winning entries will be premiered at York Minster later this year during services for Advent and Christmas.
“We’re delighted to have the Grand Organ back in regular use at the cathedral after nearly three years of refurbishment work and are inviting people to help us celebrate its return by writing an original composition,” York Minster’s assistant director of music Ben Morris explains.
“Organ music has played a central role in worship at York Minster for centuries and we hope the competition gives people an opportunity to be part of that heritage and to celebrate its future, both through this century and beyond.”
Prizes up to £1,500
Financial prizes are also up for grabs for winners and runners-up, ranging from £250 to £1,500.
The winner in each category will have their score published by choral and organ specialists Banks Music Publications.
Both the winner and highly commended entries in the age 18 and under category will also receive a masterclass on organ composition with Philip Moore and Ben Morris.
Peter Allwood, chair of Cathedral Music Trust, added: “We’re thrilled to be working with York Minster on this exciting project.
“The competition provides a great opportunity for young people to get involved and develop their talents, with the chance of expert guidance through the organ masterclasses for the lucky winners.”
The competition is now open for entries and interested applicants should send submissions to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 13 September.
For full information on the brief and how to enter, please visit the York Minster website here.