A biennial competition for young composers aged under 35. Applicants are all UK citizens. Launched in 2012 (following a suggestion by Liveryman Michael Hockney), each competition has a different and specific brief for the eight-minute composition:
2012 - string quintet
2013 - organ
2015 - piano trio
2017 - wind quintet
2019 - solo voice, piano and a single melodic obbligato instrument
2022 - setting for choir and organ of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
The premiere of the winning composition is often hosted by the Lord Mayor at Mansion House.
Click on the blue highlighted name of the piece below to see further details and a score example.
2012 - Adam Kornas (Paradise Regained)
2013 - Robert Busiakiewicz (A Luddless Marriage)
2015 - William Cole (Bind, Weave, Spin)
2017 - Leo Geyer (Sideshows Suite)
2019 - Joanna Ward (cuts, round, slow-moving)
2022 - Sebastian Johnson (Norwich Service)