05. June 2012 · Comments Off on Tithe Grant Inviting Entries for Music Competition · Categories: Society News

As of 11:59 p.m. GMT on 30 September 2012, the Tithe Grant is no longer accepting entries. Check back here later this autumn to hear the results when our judges have made their decision. Thank you very much for being part of this year’s Tithe Grant! 

This year the Tithe Grant takes the form of an award to be given to a musical setting of a short text by William Blake taken from Plate 77 of JERUSALEM The Emanation of the Giant Albion.

I give you the end of a golden string,
Only wind it into a ball:
It will lead you in at Heavens gate,
Built in Jerusalems wall.

Deadline : Entries will be accepted from 1 June 2012 until 11:59 pm GMT on 30 September 2012. Applications are to be submitted by email to tithegrant@blakesociety.org

Application Process : Applications should take the form of either a digital file in MP3 format or a written score submitted as a pdf or both.

Judging : The winning entry will be judged by a panel including the composer Judith Weir whose many works include a setting of another four lines by Blake ‘The Guardian Angel’, and, the Rector of St James’s Church, Lucy Winkett, formerly Canon Precentor in charge of music at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Award : The Tithe Grant is calculated to be one tenth of the income of the Society in the previous year’s accounts and so the amount of the 2012  Tithe  Grant will be £343.60.

Timeline : The recipient of the grant will be announced in November 2012.

Performance : The winning entry will be performed at the Blake Birthday Concert at St James’s Church in Piccadilly in London on the evening of 27 November 2012. Other shortlisted finalists may also be invited to perform.

Intent : To avoid the Schiller Beethoven problem, entries are encouraged to be short.

Resonance : The same text has been chosen to be cut onto the ledgerstone to mark William Blake’s unmarked grave.

Regulations : Membership of the Blake Society is not required to enter the Tithe Grant competition. There are no restrictions on residence or citizenship or experience or genre. The winning entry should be capable of being performed at the Blake Birthday Concert.  The Society will take responsibility for the printing of scores and provision of performing material.  The Blake Society will do its best to promote the winning composition with the support of the Composer. The Blake Society will absorb the cost of any wire transfer or currency conversion fees entailed in fulfilling the payment of the award.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Question: Is the arrangement or orchestration limited in any way or form?

Answer: There are no restrictions on the forces composers may use.

Q: Can the arrangement be for a single voice, a choral setting or no voice at all?

Answer: We are open to the possibility of non-vocal settings as well as settings with voice – the choice is yours. Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man set an important text without any use of voice. The title becomes the sole reference to the text.

Q: Are  the winning entry/shortlisted finalists entries to be performed on the evening by the composers themselves?

Answer: Performance by composers is welcome but optional.

Q: Are their any restrictions on the use of electronics in the orchestration?

Answer:  There are none.

Q: Are we free to repeat the text, or parts of it, as it is only four lines in length?

Answer:  You are, you may, you can.

Q:  How long should the piece be?

Answer:  The choice is yours. How long is a piece of (golden) string?

Q: Is there any fee to enter the competition?

Answer:  No, the competition is free for all to enter.

Q:  Is any explanation of the inspiration and conception of the piece required or desirable?
Answer: We would be delighted to hear about the provenance of the composition, but it is not germane to the judging process.
Q: Should I include information on the length of the piece where repetitions are invoked or state the voicing?
Answer: Yes, please, yes.
Q: Can I submit more than one piece of music?
Answer: Yes !

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