2018 CALL FOR COMPOSERS

For its 2018 open call for composers, Listenpony is looking for 4 composers from around the UK. 

If you work, live or were brought up in one of the following areas we'd love to hear from you:

- Middlesbrough / Teesside
- Newcastle
- Manchester 
- Birmingham

You will have an opportunity to explain your connection to the area in the application.

The selected composers will receive a commission fee of £500 to write a 5-minute piece for either solo piano or baroque trio (violin, cello and theorbo/lute), which will be performed in London on 9th May 2018 as well as on a projected tour to each of the four cities above between the 5th and 8th of May.

The music will be performed by pianist George Fu and baroque group La Vaghezza, recorded professionally and potentially released through the Listenpony record label.

Please send us music you think best represents your work. It would also be great to see music that is in a similar format to our commissions - either in length, size of ensemble, or instrumental line-up - but this is not compulsory.

Please note that there is a £4.50 admin fee for this application, which can be paid via Paypal as the final step of the application. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday 16th February. There is no age limit to apply.

We look forward to hearing your work!


You may begin an application using the form below. Here is some information about the application process:

  • You'll need to submit 3 Soundcloud links of your work, and 3 corresponding PDFs (max 10MB each) of the sheet music.
  • The audio must be hosted on Soundcloud, with no exceptions, for administrative reasons. Our system ensures that the audio remains anonymous to the judges. Here is some information on how to upload to Soundcloud
  • Private Soundcloud links are fine. Here is some information on how to generate a private sharing link on Soundcloud.
  • Names must be removed from all submitted PDFs.
  • Identifying information in the Soundcloud sound file (like a spoken introduction naming the composer) must be removed.
  • The Soundcloud audio will be rendered anonymously during adjudication. Any information or metadata on the soundcloud site will not be visible during adjudication.
  • Your application will remain anonymous throughout the adjudication procedure.
  • You may start your application and resume it later. You will be emailed a secure link to your personal application.
  • Judges will not be able to see your PDFs during the preliminary rounds of adjudication.
  • The judges will be the Listenpony artistic directors, external advisers and the performers of each concert.
  • Composers previously commissioned by Listenpony may not apply.
  • Full terms and conditions can be found here.

To start an application, enter your name and email here:


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