West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition 2022

West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition 2022

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 6.00pm

The West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival is delighted to announce details of its Composition Competition 2022 for emerging composers.

Competition entrants are invited to submit a piece of between circa 3-5 minutes duration for clarinet and piano.

Entry is free and open to all composers currently based on the island of Ireland or holding Irish citizenship.

The winning composer will receive:

• a prize of €350
• world premiere performance of the winning work at the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival’s “Rising Star” recital at St. Mary’s Church, Blessington on Saturday 21st May 2022, performed by Cathal Killeen (clarinet) and Órán Halligan (piano)
• a pre-concert Composer’s Voice interview with the winning composer and the performers, presented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland
• collaboration, workshop and rehearsals with the performers
• inclusion in festival publicity


The work should not have been previously performed in public prior to its world premiere at the festival.

The competition is open to composers of all ages who would describe themselves as “emerging composers”.

Entrants can only submit one work.

Entries will be judged anonymously by an independent judging panel.


Entries should be submitted via the online Application Form. Proof of Irish citizenship or current residency plus the title, MIDI file and PDF score of the new work must be uploaded.

In order to ensure that entries are judged anonymously, the festival will only accept entries of scores with no mention of a composer’s name / address.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 16th March 2022

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