Composition: Wales 2021

Applications are now open for BBC National Orchestra of Wales Composition: Wales 2021.

The scheme has been run by BBC NOW since 2010 in association with Ty Cerdd, Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Welsh Music Guild and Composers of Wales with the aim of showcasing the work and talent of Composers across Wales.

The deadline for applications is Monday 30 November 2020.

Composition: Wales might look a bit different this year, but BBC NOW and partners are looking forward to receiving applications. From all applications, six-eight participants will be selected to take part in the scheme.

BBC NOW welcomes submissions from composers who can meet the following criteria:

  • Born or living in Wales
  • Over 18
  • Submitting unpublished work

What’s the process this year?

The selected participants will have an initial ‘live’ workshop session with the musicians. This is highly likely to be via Zoom due to current restrictions.

The participants will undertake several professional development sessions in the lead up to a final concert in 2021 including sessions with members of BBC NOW, orchestra members, BBC NOW Composers in Association, and panel members. These sessions are highly likely to be conducted via Zoom.

Ensemble size The maximum accepted duration for all submissions for Composition: Wales 2021 is 8 minutes. Please note that scores of a shorter duration are very welcome.

This year, applicants can elect to submit a composition no longer than eight minutes in duration for:
1.[1/pic].1[1/ca].1[1/bcl].1[1/cbn] | 2.2.2[ten.btbn].1 / T / 2P / Hp / Str[]. Only minor reductions to the ensemble will be possible due to health and safety regulations

NB: 1 woodwind player for each instrument that can double (the flute player can also play piccolo etc).

Percussion Max 2 percussion players with following instruments (split to avoid handling of same instruments):

Player 1 Bass Drum
Tenor Drum
Snare Drum
4 temple blocks
1 suspended cymbal (any variety, we can swap between composers, and have duplicates)
Smaller handheld instruments are all fine. (Tambourine, claves, triangle, Guiro. maracas, etc) There are duplicates of these instruments for player 1 and 2 to use separately.

Player 2 2 Toms
2 Bongos
1 suspended cymbal (any variety, we can swap between composers, and have duplicates)
2 gongs low pitch, middle pitch – indefinite pitch, character of instrument only.
Xylo or Vibes (as you decide for blending)
Tam Tam
Smaller handheld instruments are all fine. (Tambourine, claves, triangle, Guiro. maracas, etc)

How to apply Digital applications and PDF scores (not hard copies) and PDF Score (not hard copies) and an MP3 realisation of your work are to be submitted via Wetransfer, Dropbox or email to (with Cc’d

Please use the subject line: Composition: Wales 2021, Your Name, Title of Composition

Important Dates 30 November 2020: Applications Close
7/8 December 2020: Shortlisting and participants selected
15 December 2020: Shortlisted applicants will be informed

December 2020: Informal Digital Meetings for Shortlisted applicants. Date & details TBC shortly

January 4 January 2021: Resubmission of final scores and orchestral parts from selected participants
25 Jan 2021: Workshop session one with BBC NOW musicians
25/26 Jan 2021: Workshop with Mentors/BBC NOW musician representatives

March  Early March: Professional Development sessions hosted
3 March: Workshop session two with musicians
4 March: Final concert and sharing of compositions

Due to the current situation regarding Covid 19 we advise that you check BBC NOW Website for any updates to Composition Wales.