Art of Energy – Call for Composers

Call for Composers Poster

The University of St Andrews Music Centre and Centre for Energy Ethics are looking to commission four composers to create new work for a concert on Friday 19 November as part of Fringe of Gold, the University’s wind, brass and percussion festival. The concert will be in the McPherson Recital Room of the Laidlaw Music Centre.

The commissioned works are to be based on the Art of Energy virtual exhibition and are intended to be in a way a form of musical ekphrasis or musicalization (cf Silverthorne, 2021).  Composers are free to choose a single image – or collection of images – as a starting point for a 4–6-minute composition. Each commissioned composer will be allocated an ensemble to write for. The ensembles will be a percussion quartet, wind quintet, brass quintet and saxophone quartet. The ensembles are student groups directed and tutored by esteemed teachers of the Laidlaw Music Centre.

To apply to be consider for these commissions, interested composers should complete this form here.

Each successful composer will receive a commission fee of £500 and be expected to engage with the premiere performance by introducing their piece live over Zoom, or by pre-recording an introduction to their piece.

Completing the concert programme will be music inspired by the themes of the Art of Energy exhibition.

Applications close Friday 16 July.

Successful composers will be commissioned by Wednesday 21 July. Deadline for submission of score and parts (PDF) is Wednesday 8 September.