SATURDAY 15 June 2019

In association with:
Jacob Heringman (lute), Susanna Pell (viol), John Potter (tenor).

John Casken

The organisers of Alwinton Summer Concerts 2019 and its Artistic Director John Casken are pleased to announce their third national Composers’ Competition. Three scores will be selected for a Workshop in Alwinton Church on Saturday 15 June 2019 and one work will be selected for performance in the evening concert to be given by Jacob Heringman, Susanna Pell and John Potter. The winning work will also feature in the York Late Music Festival 2019.

Alwinton Church

Alwinton Summer Concerts ( take place in the church of St Michael and All Angels, with its fine acoustic and located just outside of the remote, rural village of Alwinton in the beautiful and dramatic landscape of Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland. The series has established itself as one of the major music events in the North-East of England.

The Rules and Conditions of the Competition are as follows:

  • Instrumentation:
    Composers are invited to write for ONE of the following combinations:
    • Tenor, Lute, and Viol (Treble or Bass)
    • Tenor and Lute
    • Viol and Lute
    Those wishing to write for tenor are free to choose their own poem or text.
  • Duration:
    3-4 minutes
  • Eligibility:
    Composers must be currently resident in, or studying in, the UK.
  • Score and parts:
    Scores should be marked with a pseudonym and sent as paper copies (three copies) together with contact details by Friday 3 May 2019 to:
    • Anne Jones, Secretary
    • Alwinton Summer Concerts,
    • The Leash, Harbottle
    • Northumberland, NE65 7DQ
    Those composers shortlisted for the Workshop will be asked to produce performance material by Friday 17 May 2019.
  • Requirement:
    Composers are required to engage in an original way with the traditions from which this ensemble stems.
    The piece will be unconducted and must be capable of being rehearsed so that the performers can make an efficient use of the limited time that will be available.
  • Information about the instruments and voice:
    Information regarding writing for lute will be sent to composers on request by Jacob Heringman (, and for viol by Susanna Pell ( Notation for the lute part is acceptable as modern notation (piano-style score) on two staves.
    The range of the tenor is from C an octave below middle C to the F a fourth above.
  • Judges:
    The jury will consist of John Casken (composer and Artistic Director, Alwinton Summer Concerts), composer Philip Grange (Professor of Composition, The University of Manchester) and the three performers.
  • Prize:
    In addition to the performances in Alwinton and York, the winning composer will receive a cheque for £250.
  • For further information or queries, please contact Anne Jones, Secretary of Alwinton Summer Concerts, by email: