Comments on previous competitions

As you like it: 2016-2017

This was the most gracious and welcomed rejection that I have yet received! Truly, I think that it is a wonderful idea to send constructive feedback to composers. Often, it feels like the decision is political - or mostly arbitrary on account of the unthinkable amount of work it takes to fish through [sometimes] hundreds of applications. A commentary proves that careful, genuine consideration was made.

Please relay my thanks to Dr. Alvarez for his time and comments. My chamber group hosts regular composition competitions, and I wish now to adopt this model.

I will gladly apply for future competitions with the ACO!

David Matthew Brown

illumine, director, violinist, composer

Merion Mercy Academy, orchestra director


Going for a Song 2011

The main reason for entering the Competition each year is the excellent and detailed feed-back one gets afterwards. Recently I had a request to perform the Song Cycle I had entered for ‘Going for a Song 2011’. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of trying out (and adopting) the suggestions made by the judging panel.

Song Cycle ‘Seagull’ will be performed by Karen Harries – soprano and the Wymondham Symphony Orchestra on 5th July 2014 – the 30th anniversary concert for the orchestra in Wymondham Abbey Norfolk. Thank you judging panel – long may the encouragement you are giving composers continue!

Kenneth Ian Hÿtch FTCL
ISM President (2009/10)