The Geddes Peterson Foundation, which carries forward the legacy of John Maxwell Geddes, one of Scotland’s leading classical composers, is calling on classical composers based in Scotland to submit work and enter to win this year’s award.

Upon his death in September 2017 a lifelong colleague and friend, Hal Peterson, who lives and works in California, contacted SMC to offer a financial donation in John’s name. Together with Hal, the SMC and the Geddes family formed the Geddes Peterson Foundation with the objective of establishing an annual award to enable support and inspiration for aspiring classical composers in Scotland.

The criteria for entry are:

  • Composers should be based or regularly working in Scotland
  • 2-4 minute piece of classical music for solo, chamber or orchestra
  • Must be a new (previously unperformed) piece

Aileen Sweeney, who won the first ever Geddes Peterson Foundation award, encouraged her contemporaries to submit a piece for a chance to collect the prize.

She said: “Winning the Geddes Peterson Foundation award last year was a great honour. It gave a huge confidence boost in my work. It opened doors for me that wouldn’t have otherwise been available and I’d urge other up and coming classical composers based in Scotland to put forward a new piece of their work.”

This year the winner will receive a cash award (£400) and free publicity by the Scottish Music Centre.

Hal Peterson will visit Scotland this summer and – along with Glasgow based composer Oliver Searle – will make up the judging panel and will announce a winning entry in July 2019.

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To be considered for the 2019 Geddes Peterson Foundation award, submit your entry here

Please include the following:

1. PDF score of a new 2-4 minute unperformed classical music piece for solo, chamber, or orchestra
2. CV including your home address, email address and phone number
3. An MP3/4 recording of the proposed work (OPTIONAL)

The deadline is June 30th 2019.