Composition competition

  • The competition (please see below for details) is now closed.  We were delighted that the commission was won by brilliant young composer and University of Manchester alumnus, Chris Roe. For more information about Chris and his work, check out his website
  • For photos of the first rehearsal of his commissioned work, Visions of Paradise, held on 1st March 2015, and of the world premier performance at the Royal Northern College of Music on 18th July 2015, please see our Gallery.
  • For further details of the concert please see our News.
  • For information about Greater Manchester Police Male Voice Choir, visit their website


Greater Manchester Police Male Voice Choir and Cantare Ladies Choir of Rochdale scoured the North West for a young composer, under the age of thirty, to compose a special new choral work to be performed at a joint concert in a prestigious Manchester venue in summer 2015.

The choirs came together to perform several other works, including Fauré’s Requiem and Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, alongside the newly commissioned piece, at the refurbished RNCM Concert Hall in July 2015. The choirs offered a commission fee of £1,000 as well as support throughout the composition process, including workshops and the opportunity to try out ideas with the choirs.

For further details, please download the application form below (PDF format) or contact conductor Michael Betteridge on

Composition Competition Details Summer 2015