Call for Scores

  • Written by sonia
  • Tuesday August 11, 2015 at 8:51 am
  • This year St Andrews Voices has launched a call for scores, in collaboration with the University of St Andrews Music Centre. We are looking for compositions to be workshopped with international stars Voces8 and one of the country’s most successful choral composers, Philip Stopford. The workshop will take place on the first day of this year’s festival, 22nd October.

    Composers aged 16-35, living or studying in the UK are invited to set one of the following texts for single or double SATB choir:

    Jonah 2vv1-9

    Psalm 93vv1-4

    John 10vv1-4

    Ecclesiastes 12vv1-7

    N.B. the texts can be found below – these exact versions must be used

    The texts, chosen by Rev Dr Donald MacEwan – St Andrews University Chaplain, are united by the theme of the voice.

    At least three scores will be selected for the public workshop on Thursday 22nd October at 7pm. It is expected that shortlisted composers will attend this workshop, where Voces8 will sing through the selected pieces and, along with composer Philip Stopford, offer guidance and advice. Pieces must not have previously been performed and should be between 3 and 6 minutes long.

    Closing date for entries is Friday 2nd October 2015 Please send digital copies of scores to [email protected]

    For more information please contact Bede Williams on [email protected]

    Or visit:


    Jonah 2:1-9 (NRSV)

    2 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying,

    ‘I called to the Lord out of my distress,
    and he answered me;
    out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
    and you heard my voice.
    3 You cast me into the deep,
    into the heart of the seas,
    and the flood surrounded me;
    all your waves and your billows
    passed over me.
    4 Then I said, “I am driven away
    from your sight;
    how shall I look again
    upon your holy temple?”
    5 The waters closed in over me;
    the deep surrounded me;
    weeds were wrapped around my head
    6     at the roots of the mountains.
    I went down to the land
    whose bars closed upon me for ever;
    yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
    O Lord my God.
    7 As my life was ebbing away,
    I remembered the Lord;
    and my prayer came to you,
    into your holy temple.
    8 Those who worship vain idols
    forsake their true loyalty.
    9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving
    will sacrifice to you;
    what I have vowed I will pay.
    Deliverance belongs to the Lord!’


    Psalm 93:1-4 (NRSV)

    The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;

    the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
    He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
    2     your throne is established from of old;
    you are from everlasting.

    3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
    the floods have lifted up their voice;
    the floods lift up their roaring.
    4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
    more majestic than the waves of the sea,
    majestic on high is the Lord!


    John 10:1-4 (KJV)

    10 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

    2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

    3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

    4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.


    Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 (KJV)

    Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

    2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

    3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

    4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;

    5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

    6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

    7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.