HK Phil Composers Workshop – Beyond the Ring

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Untitled Document Public Workshop: 13 MAR 2018 (TUE)
Free admission by registration.
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HK Phil Composers Workshop
Application Deadline: 15 DEC 2017

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will present Wagner’s Ring Cycle Part 4 – Götterdämmerung in January 2018. It will be the major highlight of the HK Phil’s 2017/18 season.

With a view to nurturing local talent, a composition workshop for emerging composers has been organised alongside the performances and events of Götterdämmerung. Four to six selected composers will have the opportunity to have their new orchestral works presented at a public workshop with the HK Phil in March 2018. These new works, each of a three to four minutes duration, shall take the music of Wagner’s Ring Cycle as their starting point.

Participation begins with a briefing session followed by the ancillary events of Götterdämmerung and attendance at a performance in January. The new works will be rehearsed and discussed by the HK Phil in the public workshop at the Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, The University of Hong Kong in March. Selected outstanding compositions may be performed in future HK Phil programmes. Each selected composer will receive a bursary of HK$5,000.

Selection will be made on the basis of the potential demonstrated and the level of ability in composing a notated piece of contemporary classical music.

Orchestration:3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp+2 - harp - strings

Attendance at the ancillary events listed below is mandatory for selected composers:

1. 13 JAN 2018 (Time to be advised) Briefing session
2. 13 JAN 2018 (7pm – 9:30pm) Symposium: Inside Götterdämmerung
3. 18 JAN or 21 JAN 2018 The Ring Cycle Part 4 – Götterdämmerung
4. 13 MAR 2018 (3:30pm – 9:30pm) Public workshop with the orchestra


Aged 35 or under (as at 7 March 2018)

Hong Kong permanent resident

Have not been commissioned to write an orchestral work by any professional symphony orchestra

How to apply:
Download the application form, complete and return it with the required materials via email to by the application deadline of 12 noon (Friday) 15 December 2017:


Applicant must be Hong Kong permanent resident

2. Download and complete application form here

Your CV (up to 2 pages of A4)


Scores of two works with programme notes in PDF format and URL links to their recordings/sound files


A statement outlining your expectations of the workshop and your impressions of Richard Wagner’s music


Option to submit reference letter(s) from referee(s) (to be submitted by referee directly via email to by the application deadline of 12 noon, 15 December 2017)

7. Selected composers will be informed via email on or before 3 January 2018

Your application will only be considered if we have received all the required materials [scores, application form and CV, with reference letter (if any)] by the application deadline of 12 noon (Friday) 15 December 2017.

Fee: No application fee

Please email to or call 2721 2068.


Your application will only be considered if HK Phil ( has received all materials [scores, application form and CV, with reference letter (if any)], by the application deadline of 12 noon (Friday) 15 December 2017.

2. The personal data provided in this form will only be used by the HK Phil for processing your application and will be held for statistic, correspondence and publicity purposes.
3. The filling of this form is voluntary, but if you do not provide sufficient information, the HK Phil may not be able to process your application.
4. The HK Phil reserves the right to amend the application criteria as deemed necessary.
5. The HK Phil reserves all rights of final arbitration in case of any dispute.