– Competition for two commissions, worth £750 and £1500, is open to composers throughout the world

– Deadline: 11:59 GMT on Monday December 27, 2021


UK-based Riot Ensemble has announced its annual Call for Scores open to composers throughout the world.

The competition has a global reach, regularly attracting over 400 scores from nearly 50 countries. In 2022 the award-winning ensemble will be inviting submissions for two new works for Riot Ensemble, to be performed at international platforms in July and October next year. Contrary to previous years, there is no entry fee.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 GMT on Monday December 27, 2021. Entries should be submitted using the Call for Scores form which appears on Riot Ensemble’s website – https://www.riotensemble.com/2022cfs

Winners will be announced on January 31, 2022.

Once selected, the first composer will write a 5-8’ quartet for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello (with or without electronics) which Riot will premiere at Israel’s Tzlil Meudcan festival in July 2022. The commission fee for this work is worth £750.

The second composer will write a 10-15’ ensemble work of up to twelve musicians (with or without electronics) for Riot’s autumn 2022 concert at Kings Place, London as part of its ongoing residency at the concert halls. The winning piece will be presented alongside Anna Korsun’s extraordinary Ulenflucht (for 20 singing and playing musicians) and David Del Tredici’s Syzygy.  The composer will select their own lineup of 12 musicians from these forces.  The commission fee for this work will be £1500 – with an additional fund of up to £500 available to offset travel costs. The premiere will take place at Kings Place on 14 October 2022. 

The competition is open to any composer not currently represented in Riot’s 2022 Season.

Every entry for Riot’s Call for Scores is reviewed independently by three members of the ensemble’s Artistic Board. Their shortlist is then reviewed by all members of the Artistic Board. At the final stage, they all get together and choose the two composers together via a democratic (and, says Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum, often fairly intense) discussion. 

Submissions guidelines:

Using the Call for Scores form which appears on Riot’s website (https://www.riotensemble.com/2022cfs, composers are asked to submit:

  • Their name, country of residence, e-mail address, and (optionally) their pronouns. 
  • PDF files of two scores. These pieces may be for any instrumentation and written at any point in the composer’s life/career. Riot simply wants to hear the composer’s best work!
  • Links to recordings of these pieces, if possible.  Recordings are not mandatory but can be helpful. Riot’s musicians are fluent score readers and the ensemble has commissioned composers in the past who have not submitted a recording. 

Due to the worldwide pandemic which continues to keep so many musicians completely out of work, the ensemble has decided against charging any entry fee for the 2022 Call for Scores.