Apply for a paid commission by Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall is inviting composers to apply for a "lockdown commission". Wigmore Hall will select 12 composers, who will each be awarded a paid commission to write a new work which reflects their lockdown experience.

For some, lockdown has been a time of anxiety and despair, of isolation and crisis, of discrimination and inequality. For others it has been a time of renewal and reflection, resolve and occasionally joy. By commissioning 12 new works, we want to reflect all of these and many other situations.

Since 2005, Wigmore Hall has commissioned or co-commissioned over 500 new works from composers all over the world. If you have not yet been commissioned by Wigmore Hall, apply by following the steps below. Those who have alreaady been commissioned are not eligible.

Applications are welcomed from people of all backgrounds, and in particular Wigmore Hall would like to encourage applications from female, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), disabled and LGBTQI* composers, as they are under-represented in our commissioning efforts so far.

How to apply

  • Complete the application form (download here)
  • Send a PDF score and recording of two of your previous compositions as examples of your work. 
  • If you are successful in your application, you will be offered a formal paid commission to write a new piece, for specified forces, reflecting on your lockdown experience. Works already written during lockdown can be used as examples of your work, but Wigmore Hall’s paid commissions will be for new pieces, reflecting now on your experience. Recorded live performances are preferred, but electronic recordings (from Sibelius or similar software) are acceptable. Applications should be sent to commissions@wigmore-hall.org.uk
  • More info here

The deadline for applications is Friday 30 October at 12noon.

  • Applications will be reviewed later in the autumn by a panel chaired by John Gilhooly (Director, Wigmore Hall) comprising Freya Waley-Cohen (composer), Laurence Osborn (composer), Daniel Kidane (composer), Toks Dada (Classical Music Programmer), James Murphy (Chief Executive, Royal Philharmonic Society), Richard Baker (composer) and Errollyn Wallen (composer).
  • The selected 12 composers will then be offered formal paid commissions, to write for specific forces. The new works will be premièred at Wigmore Hall in due course.

Eligibility

  • Composers who have been previously been commissioned or co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall are not eligible.
  • Composers must be aged 18 or over at the time of application.
  • We welcome applications from composers of any nationality. The scheme is open to UK and non-UK applicants.

For any questions relating to the application process, contact: commissions@wigmore-hall.org.uk

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