Terms and Conditions

Manchester Chorale

Choral Composition Competition


Terms and Conditions of Entry



1.            This Competition is being organised by the Musical Director and Committee of the Manchester Chorale and will be run according to the Terms and Conditions that follow. 

2.            By submitting a score to the specified e-mail address (see “Submission of Scores”) composers are deemed to have entered the competition and to have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions, which are governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.


Eligibility and anonymity

3.            Entry is open to any composer other than someone who is/was a member of The Manchester Chorale at any time after 1st January 2018, or a member’s immediate family. Immediate family means the parents, siblings, children or partner of a member of the choir.

4.            Scores will be judged anonymously; therefore, the composer’s name must not appear anywhere on the score. 

5.            Composers should use a pseudonym on the score.  Only the Competition Administrator will know the identity of the composers until the prizes have been decided.

6.            Any entrants who know individual members of the Manchester Chorale must not inform them of the pseudonym that they have used.



7.  The piece must not have been published or performed previously.  The music must be original, not an arrangement or adaptation of a previously published piece.

8.  The length of the piece should be between 3 and 6 minutes. 

9.  Pieces may be a capella, or with piano accompaniment.

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

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

12.  The text must be in English.



13.  Copyright of Text.   

Composers must either:

a)            Use a text that is out of copyright, or

b)            If a text is used that is not out of copyright, and has not been written by the composer, the composer must obtain written permission for its use from the copyright holder before submitting the composition.

14.  If the competition organisers have any doubt about the right to use a text the piece will be excluded from judging.

15.  The Music Copyright will remain with the composer.

16.  By submitting a score, the composer authorises the competition organisers to share it electronically with the judges, and to print sufficient hard copies for the judges to assess, and (if required) for all choir members to sample, rehearse and perform from.


Submission and judging process

17.  Scores must be submitted as a PDF to the email address stated under submission details on the Chorale’s website.  This is different from the email address for normal contact with the choir. 

18.  The score must be accompanied by a form giving brief personal details that is included in the submission section.  Composers whose works are shortlisted (see below) will be asked to provide more details at that time, including a short biography.

19.  All scores and personal details must be received by midnight BST on 31st March 2019.

20.  Entries will be judged initially by the Chorale’s Musical Director Jill Henderson-Wild, her Deputy 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 3 judges will make a final decision.

21.  Due to the potential volume of entries for the Competition, there will be no automatic acknowledgement of receipt for entries.  Any queries about entering the Competition should be emailed to MCCC@gmx.co.uk.  No correspondence will be entered into regarding the Judges’ decisions, which will be final.


Personal Data and Privacy Notice

22.  Until judging has been concluded, the Competition Administrator will be the only person to access the competition email address, and the only person with access to the personal data provided. 

23.   The Manchester Chorale will only use personal details for the purpose of administering this competition and will not pass on entrants’ personal information to any third parties without prior permission.

Files submitted by participants may be retained until the end of the 2019/20 season after which they will be deleted, subject to specific arrangements being made with the prize-winner(s) for future use of scores.  The names of prize-winners may be made public.

If an entrant wishes to amend or withdraw the personal data submitted please email.  Withdrawal of personal data during the competition process will result in the entry being removed.

24.  Once the competition has been concluded, the personal details and PDF scores of all the unsuccessful composers will be deleted and any hard copies destroyed.



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

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

27.  The Committee of the Manchester Chorale reserve the right to cancel the competition and not award prizes if there are insufficient entries of a suitable quality.


Performance rights

28.  In respect of performance rights of the prize-winning work(s):

a)            The Manchester Chorale will have the exclusive right to give the world premiere of the prize-winning work(s) at a concert of its choice.

b)            Between 1st August 2019 and 31st July 2020, The Manchester Chorale will have the exclusive right to give further performances of the prize-winning works within the UK and Ireland.

c)            The Manchester Chorale will have the right to print up to 60 copies of the prize-wining work(s) free of charge from time to time and give further performances without being liable for any further payments, including royalties.



29. The Manchester Chorale reserves the right to amend the terms of this competition in unforeseen or exceptional circumstances by giving notice on its website.