Overview -- the work, judging and prizes


The Manchester Chorale will be marking its 40th anniversary in the 2019/20 season.

With this in mind, we are inviting composers to write a new piece that celebrates the joy of singing and making music together. We will be performing this during the season.


The Work

Length – between 3 and 6 minutes. 

A capella, or with piano accompaniment.

The piece should be primarily for SATB choir (about 45 singers); however, some divisi of the soprano, alto or bass parts can be accommodated.

Short solo passages could be included in any part, although it is recommended they are marked “optional”.

The text must be in English. Composers are asked to check that a text is out of copyright before using it. If it is not, please obtain written permission for its use from the copyright holder before submitting your composition to us. We may ask you to send this to us later. You may, of course, set a text that you have written yourself.

The piece must not have been published or performed previously.


Judging and Prizes

The entries will be judged initially by the Manchester Chorale Musical Director Jill Henderson-Wild, Assistant MD Dave Robinson and prize-winning composer Chris O’Hara, who sings bass in the choir. They will select a shortlist of pieces, which the full choir will be asked to try out.  Once the choir’s feedback has been given, the three judges will make a final decision.

The deadline for submission is 31st March 2019, and the judging process will take place between then and the end of July 2019.

The first prize will be £1,000, paid in sterling from a UK bank.

Further discretionary awards may be made if the judges consider that the overall number and quality of entries justifies this. 

We want pieces to be judged without anyone, other than one member of the choir acting as administrator, knowing the composer’s identity. Therefore, please use a pseudonym on your score as explained on the submissions page.

For full details of how to enter the competition, please click on the link below.


Please note, all communication regarding the Composition Competition must be directed to:



Submission of scores