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A Public Open Call to write your own music!

The London Sinfonietta invites you to write us a new piece of music. Inspired by the Postal Pieces of composer James Tenney, the only condition is that it should fit on the back of a postcard. No need to use traditional notation (although you can if you want to), there is the chance to create a musical ‘score’ using staves and notes, colours, shapes, lines, words, instructions, collage or any combination of these. Open to everyone (and especially those under 18 years old) – the more imaginative your response, the better!

Previously composers Samantha Fernando and Deborah Pritchard who have created their own visual scores spoke to us about their process and works, and we heard these new pieces premiered by London Sinfonietta musicians. Watch the video about the creative process, watch the first showcase, or have a look at all of the submissions in this Through The Lens feature to get some creative inspiration!

Then it’s over to you to get creative. Submit your piece to us by Wednesday 13 May. Selected works will be performed in an online concert on Friday 15 May at 1pm.

Your piece should be:

- A6 (postcard size) or A5 (half the size of an A4 sheet of paper)

- you can use whatever materials you like -the more imaginative the better!

- please submit a photo of your piece to, or send it to us on twitter, Instagram or Facebook. If you want to share it publicly, make sure to tag us in it @Ldn_sinfonietta

How to watch

To watch our online broadcast, please head to our Youtube channel, where you’ll find all our live-streams and video content. Make sure you subscribe to stay in the loop and not miss any content

*This is a public participation project and that we hope is rewarding for those who choose to take part. Sadly, we cannot offer fees for compositions submitted, nor guarantee that all will be played online. We hope never the less you will be inspired to participate!

Help us keep making new music online

Consider donating the cost of a concert ticket to help support and continue the London Sinfonietta's online activity.



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