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Courage to Create: A CSO Composition Workshop

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
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Attention all aspiring composers: the CSO is thrilled to invite you to write a piece of music that draws on the concepts of fear and/or courage.

Pieces will be performed by CSO musicians in a workshop on Sunday 5th August, 2pm-4.30pm.

Submissions may be subjected to a selection process, and priority will be given to those composers who will be attending the workshop.

- The piece must be no longer than 10 minutes.
- Scores can be PDFs either scanned from handwritten copies or created by composition software.
- If you like, you can include an MP3 file of your work in your submission.
- Deadline for submissions is Sunday 24th June, 5pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

For inspiration, we highly recommend attending the CSO’s Lamb & Hayward Masterworks concert, Fear and Courage, on Saturday 16th June. This concert features Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, composed against the backdrop of fear and denunciation by Stalin’s Soviet Union, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which he composed while in exile in America, and the bone-chilling Suite for Strings from the Hitchcock film Psycho.

Musescore is a free composing programme that can generate both PDF scores and MP3 files. Visit https://musescore.org/en to download.

To submit your work, please fill in this form: https://goo.gl/forms/BsKFbwcjjWlvkXDp2


We will have a skeleton orchestra available – 1 of each player ie. 1 x 1st violin, 1x 2nd violin, 1 x vla, 1x cello, 1 x bass, 1 x each woodwind, 1 x each brass, timpani, 1 x percussion. You can compose for as few or as many instruments as you like, but more than 2.

For more information, please contact Community Engagement Programme Leader Cathy Irons at communityengagement@cso.co.nz or on 03 943 7797.