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Britten Sinfonia opens OPUS2017 composers competition

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Britten Sinfonia has announced its open call for submissions from unpublished composers to its annual OPUS competition, and has widened its musical parameters.

Now in its fifth year, OPUS2017 offers composers the chance to receive a professional commission as part of Britten Sinfonia’s award-winning At Lunch series.

Previous OPUS winners, including Sohrab Uduman, are among the best up-and-coming classical talents in the UK. However, this year the Britten Sinfonia has said it wants to widen the competition’s parameters to discover new musical terrain and challenge itself and audiences.

With this in mind, OPUS2017 presents a new challenge to composers, bringing in pianist-composer-producer Nik Bärtsch from the jazz/funk scene together with an interesting mix of Britten Sinfonia’s musicians to form the ensemble for which the OPUS competition winner will be invited to write.

The organisation said that working with a leading light from a non-classical field introduces a new and exciting edge to OPUS, ‘allowing us to continue the search for a unique, new compositional voice, challenging shortlisted composers to expand their existing musical knowledge, and opening the competition to a potential new and alternative range of entrants and audiences alike’.

For more information, the project brief and submission guidelines click here.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, 28 July 2017. Between three and five successful applicants will be shortlisted in August, with their pieces workshopped during September. The winner will be announced after that process.

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