The European Award for Choral Composers is the continuation of the “Golden Tuning Fork” Award, organised by AGEC over many years, and was first organised by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat in 2011/2012 (see below). The aim of the award is to discover unknown or less known choral works from different European countries, already published and/or performed or written for the occasion, that are good and interesting and can be performed by a good average choir, not just by a top-level choir.
The next edition of the European Award for Choral Composers, published in 2016, will be organised in 2017, with the winning compositions being performed in the Festival EUROPA CANTAT XIX in 2018.
Compositions can only be nominated by a national or regionalfederation, member of ECA-EC who can submit up to 3 works in eachcategory, composed by one or different composers within the past five years.
(a) choir a cappella
(b) choir accompanied by up to four instruments
Every choral formation from two to four parts (divisi allowed), for mixedor equal voice choirs of all kinds of genres (classical, pop, jazz, etc.)The performance time of a composition is limited between minimum three and maximum nine minutes.
Awards:Each awarded work will be performed in the frame of the festival EUROPACANTAT XIV in Tallinn, Estonia, in July/August 2018. The composers of thewinning works will be invited to the festival. In addition ECA-EC will usetheir best endeavours to promote the publication and the spreading ofthe awarded scores.
Deadline for applications: April 30th 2017, the winning compositionswill be chosen by September 2017.
The full conditions of the competition can be found -> here
The second edition of the European Award for Choral Composers was organised in 2014, with the winning compositions being performed in the Festival EUROPA CANTAT XIX in 2015.
On September 18th 2014 the Jury of the European Award for Choral Composers chose the winning compositions of the 2014/5 edition. 39 compositions from 31 composers were submitted to the competition by 11 member organisations in 9 European countries, with 26 compositions in category A (a cappella), 11 in category B (with instruments) and 2 in category C (vocal jazz). The detailed regulations for this edition can be found >> here.
In category A the jury chose one winning composition, the “Missa Brevis” (2013) for mixed choir, composed by Hans Helsen (BE * 1989), submitted by the Flemish association Koor&Stem -> see excerpts of score published by Euprint >> here
In category B the Jury chose no winner
but decided on two “special mentions”
2. “Diptychon” (2011) for female choir and violin,
composed by Henrik Colding-Jorgensen (DK * 1944),
European Award for Choral Composers 2012 - Results:
Jury selects 3 winners from choral compositions submitted from all over Europe / Two special mentions also awarded
On April 16th 2012 the Jury of the European Award for Choral Composers selected the winning compositions of the European Award for Choral Composers 2012 of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat. 38 compositions from 11 countries were submitted to the competition. Three compositions by Pierre Chépélov (FR), Levente Gyöngyösi (HU) and Maarten Van Ingelgem (BE) were chosen as winners. Two further compositions by Pärt Uusberg (EE) and Uršula Jašovec (SI) received a special mention. You will find further information and details on the winning scores and the composers in the official Press Release >>in English. in >> French and in >> German.
Details on the winning compositions of the European Award for Choral Composers 2012 (excerpts from scores, recordings, contact to composers, dates of performances) >> here
You will find the historical overview on the "Golden Tuning Fork" awarded by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Europäischer Chorverbände - AGEC until 2010 >> here