Composing competition for Colchester’s refurbished Moot Hall Organ

Nigel Chapman with the Moot Hall Organ, currently being renovated.

Nigel Chapman with the Moot Hall Organ, currently being renovated. - Credit: Archant

Composers are wanted to write new works for Colchester’s newly restored Moot Hall Organ.

Five of the original works, for solo organ, will be performed on the organ following re-opening celebration events in the summer.

The winner will received £250, with a runner up winning £150.

The Pipeworks competition is being jointly run by Colchester Borough Council and Colchester New Music.

Nigel Chapman, borough councillor and chairman of Friends of the Moot Hall Organ, said: “I am delighted we are able to invite submissions from local composers to celebrate the re-opening of the Moot Hall Organ with a unique piece of work.”

To support composers writing for the organ for the first time, and to introduce ideas to expand the writing of those who do have past experience, a free one-day workshop on Writing for the Organ has been organised.

Led by organist Tom Bell, the event takes place on Saturday February 14, from noon to 4pm at St Botolph’s Church.

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The deadline for composition entries is 5pm on Monday March 23. For a specification visit and email for an application form.

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