Composition Competition

The Fourth Choir (London LGBT Choir) is announcing a choral composition competition to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, which will fall on 23 April 2016. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £1000 and the winning composition will be premièred by the Fourth Choir at a Memorial Concert on 23 April 2016 in London’s historic Middle Temple Hall.

The 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be marked by major celebrations but the Fourth Choir wants to ensure that we are also celebrating his sexuality. Very few people know that Shakespeare wrote 126 sonnets describing his love for a beautiful young man. We want to change that!

All information on how to enter can be found at the following site:

UPDATE - The winners have been selected by "The Fourth Choir"

First place: Ian Lawson (Wales, UK) Sonnet 104

Runner ups: Benjamin Cramer (Scotland, UK) Sonnet 27 / Stuart Beatch (Saskatchewan, Canada) Sonnet 104

Honorable mentions: Justin Rubin (Minnesota, USA) Sonnet 104 / Manos Panayiotakis (Crete, Greece) Sonnet 63

The Fourth Choir has been overwhelmed and grateful with the response we've had to our composition competition - 96 entries from 17 countries! Thank you to all who entered - Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, South Africa, Sweden, UK, USA!

Four songs will be premiered at the concert on 23 April 2016 in the Middle Temple Hall. ​