The Janet Altman Composing Competition returns!

Imagine your composition played as a World Premiere by the Endcliffe Orchestra in their Summer concert of 2019!

Music to be composed for full orchestra and to last between 5 and 10 minutes.

The Style? Any style you choose

The competition is open to anyone who can demonstrate a connection with Sheffield, be this working, living, playing in a local orchestra or attending an educational institution in Sheffield.

There are two categories: 18 years and under; 19 years and over.  In each category the winner and runner up will receive a cash prize – £250 to each winner and £100 to each runner-up.

Applications open from 1st July 2017.

Last date for submission of compositions: 30th September 2018.

All entries must be the entrant’s own unpublished and original work, not previously performed for the public.

Rules and Guidelines can be downloaded here: Altman composing brief

Application Forms can be downloaded here: Application Form Janet Altman Composing Competition

All enquiries about the event: please email


Janet Altman (1957-2014) was a member of the Endcliffe Orchestra for many years. She played principle flute and was also a member of the organising committee. She worked as a translator and spent some years in Brussels and Rome, and for the last ten years of her life at Leeds University’s Centre for Translation Studies. She died of a brain tumour in 2014. She provided funding for the Endcliffe Orchestra to run a composing competition, and the success of this led to the decision to run the event again, and into the future.