September Newsletter

Dear Subscriber

Welcome to our September Newsletter. In this issue, we have general news items, including further news of our YouTube video channel; news of a symposium and several competitions for composers; concert details as well as the usual reminders of calls for scores.

As always, do let me know of any newsworthy items, for the next issue, that would help you to publicise your events in or after October. Likewise, if you hear of any composers’ opportunities, just send an email to me at malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.


NewMusicSA Website

You may have noticed that, for a short while, our website has been unavailable. I am glad to announce that it is now back on-line. Do visit us.


Performance Videos on YouTube

The latest video to appear on our YouTube video channel, since the last newsletter was issued, is: ‘When will I See that Day’, by Michael Blake, performed by the Choir of Christ Church Arcadia. This was performed at the 2015 NewMusicSA Indaba, Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.

Thanks to Douglas Scott for uploading this video. Do visit this site and enjoy!


ISEA International

ISEA International is pleased to announce that ISEA2018 will be held in Durban, South Africa. The ISEA2018 theme of ‘Here and Now’ involves viewing creative technological innovation as an activist engagement into public space and public practice. Further information will follow in due course. In the meantime, please visit here for the call for papers and participation and here for further information. Note that the deadline for the call for papers is 21 November 2016.


AGBU International Composition Competition

The AGBU ‘Sayat Nova’ 2016 International Composition Competition is asking for chamber pieces. The deadline is 3 October. For details, please visit website.


Sixth Composition Competition for Piano Fidelio

Record your own piano piece freestyle, no longer than 3 minutes, 30 seconds (this is very important) and send the audio file to the following email address: concursofidelio [at] gmail [dot] com

In this competition there are contestants from many countries, therefore your piano work will be heard by many pianists and composers of all styles. Unique to this competition is that you and the rest of the entrants choose the winners of the prizes by means of a voting system published in the website. Each submission costs 9 euros (or equivalent in dollars) and the maximum of four piano pieces are allowed. There are five prizes, three of them in cash.

In this competition, when you vote, you only vote for the music without knowing the author or his/her nationality. This is only known at the end of the competition when the final results are given.

You can also participate with pseudonym if you prefer.

The deadline for submissions of works is 30 October 2016. Enter this link to read all about the Sixth Piano Composition Competition Fidelio.


Competition: Ensemble Nuove Musiche

Ensemble Nuove Musiche association announces an international competition whose award ceremony will take place in Savona (Italy) in 2017. The award ceremony of this call will be part of the 5th edition of the Festival Internazionale di Musica di Savona organized by them in the city of Savona.

Please visit their website for details. Note that there is no age limit and the deadline for submission is 15 April 2017. Full competition rules may be downloaded here.


KOMPOS Orchestral Concert

The Endler Concert Series, in collaboration with KOMPOS, celebrates the fresh new orchestral works of Stellenbosch’s young music composers. As its name suggests (Compost), KOMPOS seeks to establish a nurturing and stimulating environment for the composition students of the Stellenbosch University Music Department.  The project therefore strives to create a platform of opportunities to composers, conductors, and performers alike.

The theme of ‘Dreams’ has been the source of inspiration behind this concert’s eclectic tapestry of musical creations. Composers have been collaborating with the Stellenbosch University Wind Band and the chamber orchestra of Stellenbosch, who will be premiering the works. KOMPOS is also proud to have the visual arts of Stellenbosch’s fine art and design students accompany the music. Art will be on sale during the interval and after the concert.  We look forward to your presence at this exciting musical event!

The concert takes place on Friday 21 October at 20h00 in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.

Tickets for R50 (regular) and R30 (students and pensioners) are available now through Computicket and at the door.

For more information contact Fiona Grayer at concerts [at] sun [dot] ac [dot] za or 021 808 2358.


Reminders of Call for Scores

1.    Composers’ Association of Serbia

The Composers’ Association of Serbia is organising a Call for Scores, deadline 20 October. Submission is free and anonymity is not required. Please download here for full details.

2.    8th International Henri Dutilleux Composition Contest.

The finale of the 8th Dutilleux Contest will close the centennial-year of Henri Dutilleux's birth.

This great composer accompanied this contest’s activity over 20 years. He devoted his life to composing masterful works which now take part in the music legacy but also worked on promoting other composers’ works. This tremendous generosity is a wonderful heritage. We want to “keep promoting modern music” as wished by Henri Dutilleux!

935 composers competing from 58 countries, 7 finales. Over 100 creations from opera to piano thanks to numerous orders. More than 250 concerts or performances. 550 spectators for the 7th contest finale. Over 100 000 € of works orders. Over 80 000 € of prizes awarded.

You will find every piece of information you may need on the Dutilleux Contest website. Please note that students can enter at a reduced fee.

Note that there is a no-age-limit policy for this contest. Also, submissions must be sent by 15 November 2016, latest.

3.    Risuonanze 2017 Call for Scores

Associazione Culturale TKE is announcing a Call for Scores ‘Risuonanze 2017’.

The Call is open to composers of any nationality and age; its deadline is February 27, 2017.

Please download here for detailed information.

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