A4 Composition Competition

There are just a few weeks left to get your entries in for A4 Brass Quartet’s 3rd annual Composition Competition. A representative from the ensemble stated, “We've already received a number of entries from around the world and looking forward to welcoming the rest of the entrants before the Friday 10th April deadline.”

A4 Brass are looking for a concert work inspired by the city, culture, and/or heritage of Manchester, the quartet’s spiritual home. Works for either acoustic brass quartet or works incorporating backing tracks and/or audio electronics will be accepted.

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
• It is not necessary to submit scores anonymously
• Please consider score/part presentation, practicality and suitability for concert performance for the entry
• Entries MUST contain a set of BOTH score and parts.

A4 are offering a healthy £650 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).

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 a4brassquartet@hotmail.co.uk with ‘A4 COMPOSITION COMPETITION’ in the subject line.


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