Call for Proposals

Orchestras for All’s flagship ensemble, the National Orchestra for All (NOFA), is searching for young composers between the ages of 18-25 to compose an exciting new piece for our 2019-2020 season My Roots, Our Routes.

NOFA is a unique orchestra made up of 100 musicians aged 11-18 from across all four nations of the UK. It is the only non-auditioned, free to participate national orchestra in the world. Young musicians are nominated by their music teachers for their dedication and commitment to music in the face of challenging circumstances. Our mission is to unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making for young people with complex lives. To see the orchestra in action, take a look at some of our previously commissioned works:

The 2019-2020 season My Roots, Our Routes will explore the music that underpins human migrations and journeys, alongside the music that defines individual contexts, backgrounds and histories. We will introduce our young musicians to music that has emerged from some of the most well-known and significant migrations in history. As part of this, we are commissioning two new works, one from this open Call for Proposals, that will engage the orchestra’s members in their creative processes.

The Brief

The new work should be based on the theme The Silk Road by Land and Sea. It should explore aspects of music of the countries on the Silk Road in two movements, one representing the land route, the other representing the sea route. The composer can interpret these themes in any way they like, but in the submission it should be made clear how they intend to achieve a sound world that represents the theme of this work. The piece should also cater to the mixed skill level nature of the orchestra, with members from pre-grade 1 to post-grade 8, whilst at the same time challenging the players and introducing them to new styles of music and ways of playing. This will be achieved in close collaboration with the Orchestras for All artistic team, who will provide a template for the composer to work with from, and support and guidance throughout the process. The entire piece should last around six to eight minutes.

The piece will be workshopped with NOFA members in November / December 2019 during the NOFA Winter Sessions, and performed in April 2020 alongside a brand new commission.

Applications have now closed. We will announce the successful candidate in April.