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Composition Classes (Section G)

Sunday 8 March 2015

St. Margaret's School, Bushey

  • Adjudicator: Edmund Joliffe  MA (Oxon) M Mus

    Edmund studied music at Oxford University and completed a Masters in Film Composition at the Royal College of Music under Joseph Horovitz and Academy Award winner Dario Marianelli. He also studied on the Advanced Composition Course at Dartington International Summer School (supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust) and at the Banff Center in 2010.

    Edmund's music is performed all over the world and in many prestigious UK venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Old Vic Theatre, Cadogan Hall, Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.

    Performers of his music include the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,Nicholas Cleobury, David Campbell, Darragh Morgan, John Rutter, Frances-Marie Uitti, David Titterington, James Bowman, O Duo, Nicholas Collon, the Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo, Rarescale, The Royal College of Music Saxophones, RWCMD Saxophone Choir, Trinity College of Music Wind Orchestra, Ensemble 10/10 (of the RPO), Sounds New, Kensington Chamber Orchestra and the Chapel Royal of St. James' Palace, amongst others.

    Commissions include a musical for the Cultural Olympiad ‘A River runs through’ performed during the Olympics in 2012. His music is published (by OUP, Stainer and Bell, Reed and Recital Music) and released on CD by various ensembles. He also writes music for TV and has written music for over 100 programmes, both in the UK and internationally including the BBC1 series ‘Who do you think you are?’, the ITV series ‘Long Lost Family’ and ‘The Great War: The People’s Story’.

  • Entries: Jennifer Hill  33 Montgomery Road  Edgware HA8 6NS

  • Enquiries: Jennifer Hill  Tel: 0208 952 6373 or

  • A stamped addressed envelope is essential for you to receive a timetable.

Composers are invited to submit an original composition which must be all their own work. Arrangements and group compositions will not be accepted. Works submitted for GCSE and A level examinations are welcomed. Please see the guidelines below.
ClassTime LimitFeesAward
G1 Original Composition - 10 and under 4 minutes £10.00 Medals
G2 Original Composition - 13 and under 4 minutes £10.00 Certificates
G3 Original Composition - 16 and under 5 minutes £11.00 Certificates
G4 Original Composition - 18 and under 8 minutes £13.00 Certificates
G5 Original Composition - adult, non professional 8 minutes £13.00 Certificates


  1. The piece can be for a solo instrument up to an ensemble of 10 players. The composer does not need to be involved in the performance but they are welcome to perform or conduct if they wish. It is the responsibility of the composer to organise and arrange the performers.
  2. A recording of the piece is acceptable (on CD only) and can be played during the class in lieu of a live performance. Please state on the entry form whether your composition will be performed live or by recording.
  3. The composer should introduce their piece briefly to the audience and perhaps explain anything about the concept behind their work.
  4. Each candidate can submit up to two separate entries in a class. If a candidate submits two separate compositions in one class this will attract two entry fees.
  5. A score of the work should be submitted to Jennifer Hill by 6 February 2015 - graphic scores and conventionally notated works are permissable.
  6. The composition should not exceed the stated timings, which is the time allowed for each entry.
Further - If you would like to make any suggestions concerning future classes for the composition section please contact Jennie Hill.
Sponsorship - If you would like to sponsor a class or any other event, with the option to have your name in the programme, please contact a section secretary.
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