Composition competition

Read our Press Release here.

As part of our commitment to young musicians and the future of choral music, Laudemus! will run a competition for UK composers (aged under thirty on 31 January 2024), with the winning work performed at least once during our 2024 tour.

The Trustees wish to attract anthems of between 2½ and 4 minutes in length, with a text of a religious nature, scored for competent SATB choir with organ accompaniment. A single prize of £1,000 will be awarded, plus performance(s) during Evensong between 6th and 10th August 2024, including at Wimborne Minster on 10th August. Publication is offered by the Royal School of Church Music, subject to approval of the winning work. The closing date for receipt of scores is 31 January 2024.

Eligible composers should submit their composition (only one entry per person) in PDF form by email to laudemus@aol.com. Scores should be anonymous, with personal details included in the accompanying email. Terms & Conditions can be downloaded here (opens in a new window); you are urged to read these extremely carefully before submitting your score, as submissions which do not fulfil the brief will not be considered.

The four-person adjudicating panel will comprise Barry Rose (former cathedral director of music at Guildford, St Paul’s and St Albans cathedrals), Jeremy Jackman (composer, conductor and musical director of Laudemus!), Sam Hanson (Director of Music, St Peter, Hammersmith and organist for Laudemus!) and Tim Ruffer (Head of Publications, Royal School of Church Music).

The Terms & Conditions should answer all your questions, but enquiries can be directed to the Laudemus! administrator, Marianne Barton: laudemus@aol.com.