Pipeworks Call for Scores Launched

Colchester Borough Council and Colchester New Music are delighted to launch ‘Pipeworks’: a call for scores that invites East Anglian composers to write new works for Colchester’s Moot Hall Organ.

As part of the Colchester Moot Hall Organ Restoration Project, we are inviting regional composers to write new, original works for solo organ. No less than 5 pieces will be selected for performance on the newly restored organ following its re-opening celebration events in Summer 2015. One winning piece will also receive a prize of £250, with a second runner up award of £150.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 23rd March 2015

Full details of the Call for Scores and a specification of the Moot Hall Organ can be  download as PDFs via the links below:

Pipework Call for Scores
Moot Hall Organ Specification

The following links may be useful as inspiration and background:
History of the Colchester Oyster Feast
More Oyster Feast information
A brief overview of the Mayor Making Ceremony

To request an Application Form, please email info@moothallorgan.co.uk


Writing for the Organ Masterclass

12noon – 4pm, Saturday 14th February 2015
St Botolph’s Church, Church Walk, Colchester, CO2 7EE

In order to support composers writing for the organ for the first time, and to introduce ideas to expand the writing of those who do have past experience, we will be hosting a free 1-day workshop on Writing for the Organ, led by Organist Tom Bell (www.tombell-organist.net). At the end of the day there will be an opportunity to have 1-to-1 conversations for advice on any questions you have about developing your piece.

The Writing for the Organ workshop is open to anyone interested in entering the competition, or simply keen to expand their knowledge and approach to writing and performing on the organ. The event is free but booking is essential. Book your space on the workshop by clicking this link.