Composition competition for unpublished composers

Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS competition is an open call for scores in the search for the most exciting compositional talent. With no age restriction and submissions welcomed from all musical genres, OPUS ushers an inclusive challenge to composers alongside exceptional access for audiences to discover, explore and celebrate new music.

As part of Britten Sinfonia’s commitment to and passion for new music, over 100 new works have been commissioned by the orchestra in the past six years alone.  Britten Sinfonia is uniquely placed to find different ways of engaging with composers, from providing resources where composers can collaborate with world-class musicians to observing the orchestra at work.

Working in detail with Britten Sinfonia’s exceptional principal players not only provides invaluable support throughout the process but also crucial and wide-ranging development opportunities, how initial sketches and ideas can be developed into a completed work. The OPUS scheme offers an opportunity to a shortlist of unpublished composers, to develop their chamber writing skills under guidance from a professional composer, with the winner receiving the prize of a commission as part of Britten Sinfonia’s award winning At Lunch series, including repeat performances (Cambridge, Norwich and Wigmore Hall – London) and commissioning fee.

Audiences and potential future candidates can enjoy free access to open workshops and panel discussions with established composers and industry professionals, which offer a sign-posted route to discovering their own composing voice.

Those with a particular interest in new music and its creation can help support the commissioning process via our Musically Gifted scheme.