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Call for Composers
Introduction
Introduction
Application Details
Application Details
Application Form
Application Form
Adjudication
Adjudication
Timeline
Timeline
About the Commissioned Work
About the Commissioned Work
Points to Note
Points to Note
Personal Data Collection
Personal Data Collection
Enquiry
Enquiry

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Hong Kong City Hall in 2022, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) invites Hong Kong composers to join the "Call for Composers" scheme.  A composer will be selected to create a new piece for orchestra under the theme, "Hong Kong City Hall: the cradle of arts and culture in Hong Kong's past, present and future".  The commissioned work will be premiered by a world-class visiting orchestra at the Hong Kong City Hall in July 2022.

Eligibility

The "Call for Composers" is open to composers at or above 18 years of age, who are born on or before 26 April 2003 and permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

 

Application Procedures

1.  

Complete the Application Form.

2.

Submit the following documents/files along with the Application Form, all of which are required except where noted:

a.  

A copy of a valid Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card.

b.

A curriculum vitae in PDF format, stating education background, professional qualifications and a list of completed compositions.

c. 

A full score of ONE reference orchestral work composed for an orchestra with 50 players or above and its English programme note in PDF format that complies with the following conditions:

 
  • The score and programme note shall not contain any information that can identify the composer, including but not limited to the publisher’s catalogue number, names or any personal information.  Applicants who fail to adhere to this requirement will be disqualified; and
  • The score shall have no more than one composer in addition to the applicant.  Co-composed works will not be accepted.
d.

An optional recording/audio file in WAV or MP3 format of the reference orchestral work described in item 2c.

e.

A work proposal in English (within 500 words) and in PDF format outlining the ideas and concepts (musical themes and motifs can also be included) for the commissioned work adhering to the theme "Hong Kong City Hall: the cradle of arts and culture in Hong Kong's past, present and future".  The work proposal shall not contain any information that can identify the applicant.  Applicants who fail to adhere to the aforesaid requirement will be disqualified.

3.

Submit the completed Application Form and all required documents by email to plsmus1@lcsd.gov.hk .  Please input the email subject as "HKCH 60A: Application for Call for Composers (Applicant's Name)".  The total size of attachments shall not exceed 10MB.  If attachments exceed the limit, applicants shall provide valid URLs for download purposes in the application email.

4.

A reply email acknowledging receipt of the application will be sent to the applicant within three working days.  The LCSD will not handle any application that is not sent to the email mentioned in item 3 above.  The email is used for submitting the "Call for Composers" applications only.

5.

An incomplete application or late submission will not be considered.

6.

The applicant shall guarantee that the reference orchestral work and the work proposal submitted are his/her original works.  Should any applicant be suspected of plagiarism or in violation of relevant HKSAR laws and regulations, the LCSD reserves the right to disqualify his/her application.  Furthermore, the applicant shall indemnify and keep indemnified the LCSD against any loss or damages in the event of any third-party infringement.

 

Application Deadline

26 April 2021 (Mon), 12:00 (Hong Kong time)

1.  

Adjudication shall be made by the jury and the performing orchestra invited by the LCSD.

2.

The jury will comprise professional composers and conductors, including: 

Professor Johnny Poon

Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research) and Head of Department of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University

Professor Lei Liang

Chancellor's Distinguished Professor of Music, University of California, San Diego

Professor Toshio Hosokawa

Professor, Tokyo College of Music

Ms Judith Weir

Composer and the Master of The Queen's Music in the United Kingdom

Mr Lio Kuokman

Resident Conductor, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

3.

The jury will review the applications to shortlist a maximum of THREE candidates based on the artistic merits of submitted reference orchestral works and the conceptual content of work proposals.  Each score and work proposal submitted with an application will be assigned an individual identification number and assessed anonymously.

4.

The performing orchestra shall make the final decision by selecting ONE composer from the shortlisted candidates.

5.

The jury and the performing orchestra will not provide the reasons for adjudication or feedback on the reference orchestral works and work proposals. 

6.

Decisions made by the jury and the performing orchestra shall be final.  No appeal will be accepted.

7.

The selected composer will be notified via email and announced on the LCSD website of Cultural Presentations Section (www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp).

10 March 2021 (Wed)
 
Application for "Call for Composers" opens
 
26 April 2021, HKT 12:00 (Mon)
 
Application deadline for "Call for Composers"
 
August 2021
 
Announcement of the selected composer
 
February 2022
 
Submission deadline for the commissioned work
 
July 2022
 
Premiere of the commissioned work
 

 

The LCSD reserves the right to revise the above timeline without prior notice.

1.  

The commissioned work shall be written for a symphonic orchestra and follow the below maximum instrumentation: 

16.14.12.10.8 / 3(1dP).2.2.2+C / *5.3.3.1 / T.3P

2.  

The theme of the commissioned work will be "Hong Kong City Hall: the cradle of arts and culture in Hong Kong's past, present and future".  

3.  

The work's duration shall be within 8 to 10 minutes.  An accurate work duration must be stated on the score.

4.  

The composer shall submit the full score and programme note for the commissioned work in PDF format in February 2022.  A set of orchestral parts in PDF format shall be submitted after the composer has finalised the work with the performing orchestra. 

5.  

The composer shall use his/her best efforts to meet the submission deadline for the score and parts.  The LCSD and the performing orchestra reserve the right to cancel the performance in case of any delay in submitting the final score.

6.  

The composer shall guarantee the commissioned work submitted is his/her original work and has never been performed or awarded previously either in whole or in part.

7.  

The composer must be willing to work with the performing orchestra to make necessary changes/revisions to the commissioned work's score and parts to solve any problems in terms of actual performance.

8.  

The LCSD will offer a commission fee cum royalty of HK$50,000 to the composer upon completion of the new orchestral work in accordance with the terms and conditions of the artist agreement prepared by the LCSD.

9.  

All rights of the commissioned work will remain with the composer, but he/she shall undertake to assign to the LCSD all performance and recording rights for the work's premiere performance.  Furthermore, the composer gives consent to the LCSD to make audio-visual recordings of the premiere performance and rehearsals without an additional fee.  The composer shall also permanently grant to the LCSD the broadcasting rights of the work's premiere performance and other associated audio-visual materials developed.

10. 

The LCSD and the performing orchestra reserve the right to revise the commissioned work's instrumentation and the duration. 

11. 

The LCSD and the performing orchestra reserve the right to make the final decision about the commissioned work's premiere. 

 

1.  

Participation in the "Call for Composers" means that the applicants agree to and accept all terms and conditions listed on the Application Form and the Application Guidelines.

2.

Each applicant shall submit one application only.  If more than one application is submitted by the same applicant, all such applications will not be processed.

3.

Applicants are not allowed to amend any documents once submitted except to correct personal data as described in the "Personal Data Collection".

4.

Applicants shall not conduct action in any form or manner that will interfere with the Jury.

5.

Applicants shall not offer or solicit or accept any advantage as defined in the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201) of the HKSAR, in the execution of this application.

6.

The LCSD reserves all rights of final arbitration in case of any dispute.

7.

In case of discrepancy between the Chinese and English versions of the Application Guidelines, the English version shall prevail.

1.  

During the application process, the Hong Kong Permanent Identify Card numbers of the applicants will be collected so that the LCSD can process and assess the applications, which will include verifying the identities of applicants and checking that the applicants meet the eligibility requirement as permanent residents of Hong Kong.

2.

If there is any amendment to the personal data on the application documents, the applicants must inform the LCSD in writing to ensure that the personal data held by the LCSD is correct at all times.

3.

Subject to exemptions under the HKSAR Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, and in accordance with Section 18 and 22 and Principle 6 of Schedule 1 to the Ordinance, an applicant has a right to access and correct the personal data provided in the Application Form.  Requests for personal data access and correction should be emailed to the LCSD at cp2@lcsd.gov.hk.

4.

All identification documents provided are for the purpose of eligibility verification only, and will be duly destroyed subsequently.

Ms Javy CHIU

Assistant Manger (Music)

Tel: 2268 7230

Email: ammus1@lcsd.gov.hk

Call for Composers
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