Composition competitions

We have competition classes for amateur composers of all levels, from beginner to advanced. Whether you are writing your Opus 1, are composing for your GCSE or A-Level, or already have an impressive portfolio to your name, we can offer you a platform. Receive constructive feedback from an active composer, and even win a medal or the trophy! Winning compositions will be performed by professionals at our Gala Concert on Sunday 14th February.


At Leicester MusicFest we believe that musicians of all ages can learn a lot by being immersed in all kinds of music-making, so come along to our workshops and masterclasses, get ideas from our competitions, and enjoy our inspiring concerts.

Are you a teacher?

If you are a teacher or school representative interested in entering several students, email for assistance. We welcome entries of GCSE and A-Level compositions, and hope our feedback can be useful in making the final tweaks before submission.

Competition requirements

We have two composition classes:

- Junior (ages 18 and under)

- Open (no age restriction)


We welcome submissions up to 7 minutes in length, for any of the following instruments:

- Piano

- Pipe Organ

- Solo Voice, or ensemble/choir up to 4 parts (e.g. SATB, SABar etc.)

- Classical Guitar

- Any combination of the above

More detailed information about the competition requirements can be found in the syllabus.


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