The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust

Call for Compositions 2018: ONE WORLD

In conjunction with Morley College's Music Department

The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust (CCCT), in partnership with the Music Department of Morley College, is once again issuing its annual call for compositions dedicated to the spirit of the New which Cornelius Cardew embodied. To emphasise that composers take their inspiration from the urge to transform the world, this year we are announcing that the theme is "One World". Two poems have been specially written by poet Carol Rumens for the CCCT expressing this idea, not for vocal setting but to act as inspiration for composers (see link to PDF below for the poems).

The compositions should be for Piano Quintet. We are very pleased that this year the Venezuelan/Italian concert pianist Luis Parés will be joining the Quartet De Madrugada to make up a very distinguished instrumental ensemble. The new works chosen will be performed at Morley College, London, on Friday, October 5, 2018. This is an exciting opportunity for composers, and we hope to include as many of the submitted works as possible in the concert, so please bear this in mind in terms of the length and complexity of the pieces. The CCCT, Morley College, and the performers will jointly decide on the final programme. The compositions must be submitted to be in the hands of the CCCT no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Please send PDFs of score/parts by email to the address of the CCCT given below. We welcome Sibelius scores, but please also submit PDFs.

While we welcome all new compositions on the theme of "One World", we encourage composers to acquaint themselves with the path that Cornelius Cardew took in linking his music with the struggle to open the door for the progress of society. The CCCT upholds his legacy of keeping in step with the requirements of the times, accepting no limitation on the human spirit and being dedicated to the creation of a new world of socialised humanity.

The concert also pays tribute to James Allen, who was the passionate and dedicated secretary of the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust until his death in January 2012.

View the Call for Compositions as a PDF
Cornelius Cardew was a renowned composer, musician and modern communist.

The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust celebrates the path that he was instrumental in opening up in the world of new music. We encourage composers to respond to a call for music that, like the music of Cornelius, is dedicated to the New, a living music that might have a beautiful, militant, human-centred character.

Cornelius Cardew was always a pathfinder, and it is well known that Cornelius, as well as being an outstanding musician and composer, became a leading political figure and communist. He was a champion of enlightenment and progress in the political, social and cultural fields, his life, ideas and music forming an integral whole.

Cornelius' greatest legacy, one might say, is of keeping in step with the requirements of the times in a manner that accepts no dogmatic rendering of reality or limitations on the human spirit and striving to contribute to the creation of a new world of socialised humanity.