Beethoven in West Lothian Project
Call for Scores 2020 - 2021
During the COVID-19 Lockdown, Bathgate Concert Orchestra are inviting composers with a connection to West Lothian and wider Central Scotland to submit scores of new music for chamber orchestra. These new works may be included in our upcoming concert season when rehearsals and performances are permitted to reconvene.
Submitted works will be conducted by the Orchestra’s Musical Director, Michael Graham. We welcome music in any style and genre, including orchestrations and arrangements of pre-existing works.
2 Clarinet (B-flat and A instruments available)
1 or 2 Horns
Percussion (1 player, including timpani)
4 Violin I
2 or 3 Violin II
2 or 3 ‘Cello
1 Double Bass
1. Only composers with a connection to West Lothian and Central Scotland will be accepted.
2. Maximum length of submitted music is approx 8 minutes total playing time.
3. Closing date: 31st May 2021. Works submitted after this time will be considered on an
4. There are no financial prizes or awards attached to this call for scores. Composers may make
recordings of rehearsals and the final performance for personal use, after consultation with
the Music Director.
5. The Orchestra will organise and cover costs of printing one set of finalised score and parts
for rehearsal and performance.
6. Full scores will be accepted in PDF format with parts attached. Sibelius files are also
7. Composers will retain all copyright and ownership of their work.
8. While the playing standard of the orchestra is high, the majority of our players are keen
amateur musicians. Composers should take this into account when considering playability.
9. If works feature a significant solo instrument, composers will be expected to source a
suitable player in agreement with the Musical Director and BCO Committee.
10. Composers will be expected to attend the concert performance of their work. Those who
play an orchestral instrument may be asked to join the Orchestra for the concert in which
their work is featured.
11. All works will be programmed, rehearsed and performed at the discretion of the Orchestra’s
Musical Director and Committee.
VIOLINISTS & VIOLA PLAYERS
We have just started our new season and we would welcome new or returning string players to increase our Violin and Viola sections. If you would like to join us or to make enquiries please send us a message or come along to one of our Friday rehearsals.
Rehearsals Fridays 7:30 p.m.