Composers can submit unperformed works for piano or piano duo (4 hands 1 piano or 4 hands 2 pianos), of up to 5 minutes in length, to be workshopped as part of a new-music festival at St John’s Smith Square in Spring 2018.

Curated by award-winning pianist and composer Rolf Hind, the Occupy the Pianos festival (20 to 22 April 2018) will explore a rich and varied selection of music for piano(s), instruments, voice and dance. The festival will showcase an eclectic mix of recent work alongside contemporary classics by Rădulescu, Vivier and Scelsi and explores themes and issues around politics, protest, spirituality and the inner world.

Furthermore, there will be new commissions from a number of composers: a major piano work from Christian Mason; new collaborations from Zoe Martlew, Loré Lixenberg, and Richard Baker; and a late-night rendition of Rzewski’s massive The People United Will Never Be Defeated, performed by Robin Green.

Performers include:

Rolf Hind, Joe Bates, Robin Green, Joseph Houston, Eliza McCarthy, Siwan Rhys, Andrew Zolinsky

Full details of the festival programme will be released in late January

Application Process

If you are interested in your work being considered for inclusion within the festival programme, please submit the following by the deadline Fri 2 March, 12:00pm (midday)

  • Cover email detailing how your score links to the themes of the festival
  • The proposed score for consideration
  • An indication of your availability to attend a composer workshop on Friday 20 April

Email to:

Tom Holland, John’s Smith Square 

020 7222 2168

Please do not post applications

All composers who submit works will be entitled to a free festival pass to Occupy The Pianos.

For more information please click here.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 2nd March 2018 at Midday.