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Vote 100 at Royal Holloway: Call for Composers

Posted on 15/12/2017

Royal Holloway University of London and VOTE 100 UK are delighted to announce a College Call-for-composers. We invite composers who are currently enrolled at Royal Holloway, at any stage of education, to submit a 2 - 4 minute ‘musical memo’ for solo instrument.

Eight selected composers will be given workshop performances at a College festival entitled Suffrage 2018 hosted by Royal Holloway University of London from 15 January – 19 March 2018. The eight new works will be workshopped, rehearsed and performed by members of the Royal Holloway New Music Collective. The rehearsals will be overseen by project curator and College composer, Nathan James Dearden, in which he will provide successful applicants with guidance and support regarding their new work. Successful composers will also receive one workshop opportunity on their new work for solo instrument led by acclaimed performer and new music advocate, Dr Carla Rees

Successful applicants will be invited to Founder’s Square (Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX) on Friday 9th March 2018. The presentation of the new works will be slightly different to how your music might have been premiered in the past. The aim of this event is to present the new works one-by-one in an installation-style event, audience members will be encouraged to move around the space whilst these works are being performed outside (weather permitting). Each work will be written in response to one of the following speeches reflecting on Human Rights, Equal Rights or LGBTQ+ Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt (‘The Struggle for Human Rights; 1948), Rory ‘Panti’ O’Neill (‘All the little things’; 2014), Elie Wiesel (‘The Perils of Indifference’; 1999) Elizabeth Nyamayaro (‘An invitation to men who want a better world for women’; 2015), Martin Luther King (Honorary Doctorate Speech at Newcastle University; 1967), plus 3 additional opportunities for composer’s own suggested text.

The evening will finish with a world premiere of Nathan James Dearden's you ARE determined for flute, actor and electronics in the Davison Building Exhibition space. This new work uses the text from Emily Wilding Davison's June 1912 journal entry referencing her imprisonment in Holloway Prison, north London. 

For more information on this event, please CLICK HERE.


Firstly, we are looking for composers who are interested in this opportunity to contact us. Here you should outline (no more than 250 words) why you are interested in applying for this opportunity, suggest which text you would like to respond to from the list above (or your own) and why, and provide us with just one existing work for solo instrument (PDF submission only; you may also submit a corresponding recording for this work, but this is not necessary and will not affect the outcome of the application).

To register your interest, please email nathanjames.deardenroyalholloway.ac.uk by 23:59pm on Monday 8 January 2018. Applications will be discussed and selections will be made by Nathan James Dearden (Composer and Project Curator) and Dr Carla Rees (acclaimed flautist, Founder of rarescale and Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London). Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 10th January 2018. 


Closing date for registration: Monday 8 January 2018, 11.59pm

Notification of successful entrants and assigned material/performer: Wednesday 10 January 2018, 5.00pm  

First submission of complete work: Friday 9 February 2018, 12:00pm 

First formal rehearsal: Monday 12 February 2018, 19:00pm onwards

Premiere of works: Friday 9 March 2018 (from 20:45pm) at Founder’s Square (Royal Holloway)


  • To apply you must currently be enrolled onto any degree programme at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • Selected composers will be paired with one instrumentalist and one text. No two composers will have the same instrumentalist and/or text. These will be assigned by Wednesday 10th January 2018, based on your initial submission of interest. Please specify in your initial correspondence whether there is a particular instrument or text you wish to write for/with.
  • Formal rehearsals will begin on Monday 12th February 2018 (schedule will be sent out), however the composer and performer may wish (and are encouraged) to collaborate informally after their assignment on Wednesday 10th January 2018.
  • The final work must be between 2 and 4 minutes in duration.
  • Submitted works should not include electronics.
  • You will be assigned to write a work for one of the following instruments:

violin (2 available), viola (2 available), violoncello, clarinet in Bb, oboe or bassoon.  

When writing for these instruments, full exploration of the musical possibilities is naturally welcome and encouraged, however if you are to write advanced extended technique or scordatura for stringed instruments, you must be prepared to provide an alternative instrument and/or bow for use during the workshop/rehearsal/performance process.

  • Selected composers may submit a work which has already received a performance and/or recording, however priority will be given to applications which have not received prior exposure. These works are to be written specifically with the provided text in mind.

This project is kindly supported by Royal Holloway University of London New Music Collective and Vote 100 at Royal Holloway


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