John Golland Award: Call for Works

Invitations are requested for composers to submit works for the RNCM John Golland Award 2022.

Composers aged 18 – 30 are invited to submit new, or previously unperformed, works for small brass ensemble for public performance on the morning of Sunday 30 January 2022, as part of the RNCM Brass Band Festival.

The work should be written for an ensemble of between four and six players, based on the standard brass band quartet. Submissions should be a maximum of eight minutes in duration, and up to four will be selected for the final, depending on length and complexity. The works will be performed by students from the RNCM. Following the performances, a jury chaired by the festival’s Artistic Director Paul Hindmarsh, will select one composer as the recipient of the fifth John Golland Award. This will take the form of a £500 sum and an invitation to write a short work for brass band to be performed at a future Festival.

The Award is funded from the estate of Manchester born composer John Golland, and was instituted by the John Golland Trust to encourage young composers to write for the brass band medium which meant so much to him.

The RNCM’s Brass Band Festival aims to provide a unique opportunity for world renowned brass bands and soloists to perform the finest and original brass compositions from the past 100 years.



To be eligible to apply for this Competition you must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Applications will be accepted from those born on or after 1 December 1991, AND on or before 30 November 2003.

Applicants must be free to attend the performance in Manchester on the morning of Sunday 30 January 2022, should their work be chosen. Finalists must be able to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Submission Instruments

Brass quartet:

Two B flat cornets (optional: one doubling flugel horn)
Tenor horn in E flat

The following additional instruments may also be used to create a quintet or sextet:

Baritone horn in B flat
Tenor trombone
Tuba in E flat


Score and parts should be laid out with the conventional transpositions and clefs. Initial submissions should be made in digital format and comprise a full score (PDF), an accompanying sound file (mp3 or equivalent) and a completed application form with CV. An application form can be requested from Harriet Lane, RNCM Programming Co-ordinator.  All documents for submission should be sent to Harriet Lane at [email protected]

Those selected for the public final will be requested to supply score and parts in hard copy and send to:

Harriet Lane
Programming Co-ordinator
Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD


Closing date for entries:  Tuesday 30 November 2021
submissions must arrive by midday on this date

Workshop/Performance: Sunday 30 January 2022
RNCM Brass Band Festival
Manchester, UK         


Dr Martin Ellerby (Composer and John Golland Trustee)
Dr Lucy Pankhurst (Composer and educator)
Paul Hindmarsh (Artistic Director, RNCM Brass Band Festival and John Golland Trustee)


Harriet Lane
T +44(0)161 907 5271
E [email protected]

10 September 2021