Call for Recitals, Lecture Recitals & Workshops.


The Midlands New Music Symposium invites submission of proposals for Recitals, Lecture Recitals and Workshops in any area of contemporary music and sound practice in the fields of composition, performance practice, and technology. The symposium themes are open to let practitioners set the agenda. We do however welcome submissions that engage with the New Music Weekend theme of Deep Sounds, namely works for low pitched instruments and/or electronics. Individuals may submit up to two proposals. All presentations must be given in English.

We also have a Call for Papers, Demos and Presentations, and Call for works

Recital (up to 15-minutes): Open to performers and composer-performers. We welcome programme submissions of any duration up to 15-minutes. Selected submissions will be programmed as part of a series of short 50-minute concerts, that will take place in the Djanogly Recital Hall. An accompanist will be available as well as stereo PA for programmes that incorporate electronics.

Lecture-recital (30-minutes): open to all practitioners. Individuals can present a short programme or demonstration with accompanying presentation. An accompanist will be available as well as stereo PA for programmes that incorporate electronics. We particularly welcome submissions from doctoral students.

Workshops (up to 60 minutes): open to all practitioners. In general, it is expected that proposals in this category will include an interactive element of some kind involving delegates, for example: a performance workshop, composition techniques or prototype demonstration/testing.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should comprise of two sides of A4 (as outlined below) in PDF format, emailed to no later than Sunday, March 8th 2020 (23:59 GMT) DEADLINE EXTENDED: SUNDAY 15th MARCH 2020 (23.59 GMT).

Page 1: Please provide information under the following headings:

  • Name
  • Institution (where applicable)
  • Postal address
  • Phone
  • E-mail Address
  • Presentation type (recital; lecture-recital)
  • Technical requirements (projector; audio playback; piano; whiteboard etc.)

Page 2: Please provide information where relevant.

  • Recital: A short 200-word programme note and 100-word biography. Please outline the repertoire, programme duration, and a link to a sample recording.
  • Lecture Recital: An abstract of not more than 250-words and 100-word biography. Please outline the repertoire and a link to a sample recording.

If you require further information, please email:

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, March 8th 2020 (23:59 GMT). Late entries will not be accepted. Selected decisions are final, and no further correspondence will be entered into. Applicants will be notified by the end of March 2020.

Financial assistance: NottFAR is unable to provide financial assistance to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for artists accepted to the open call.  However, we will provide a small amount of fee waivers for individuals who are not in full-time salaried employment. Fee waivers are contingent on your proposal being accepted by our committee and will be prioritised by need. We can also provide letters of support for individuals applying for funding. For any further queries, please contact:

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