Composers sought for New Music Biennial

PRS for Music Foundation is inviting composers working across all genres to submit pieces for the New Music Biennial 2017.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 28 Sep 2015
  • min read
The event, which follows the inaugural New Music Biennial in Glasgow in 2014, will comprise of 20 new pieces of music: 10 brand new works and 10 pre-existing pieces that have been created over the last 15 years.

Works should be no longer than 15 minutes long and can span any genre, including classical, jazz, electronic and folk.

The deadline for applications is 12 November and the final programme will be announced in December.

The winning compositions will be selected by a prestigious and diverse panel of judges including Vanessa Reed (executive director, PRS for Music Foundation), Judith Weir (Master of the Queens Music), Sam Hunt (executive producer, Hull UK City of Culture), Gillian Moore MBE (director of music, Southbank Centre) and chaired by BBC Radio 3 controller, Alan Davey.

Throughout 2016 the new pieces will be composed and rehearsed. All 20 commissions will receive public performances throughout the UK in 2017, culminating in two celebration weekends in Hull on 1 and 2 July and 7 to 9 July at London’s Southbank Centre.

The premieres will form part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, which has four central themes: Made in Hull, welcoming the world to the city; Roots and Routes, celebrating Hull’s connections; Freedom, exploring the city’s role in ending global injustice; and Tell the World, exploring what is next for this unique place.

The New Music Biennial will also be broadcast across BBC Radio 3.

For more info on eligibility criteria and the application process, please see