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CE for
Leisure-time Ensembles
& Orchestras

Whether you’re a community orchestra, young person’s ensemble or other leisure-time instrumental group we’re proud to provide you with the sheet music of a fantastic range of works suited to relaxed community musical settings.

Whatever your needs you’ll get a personal service from the Composers Edition team. Performing Artist Services Manager Isa Gibbs is standing by and would love to hear from you!

Find the perfect fit for your programme

If you head over to our catalogue search or any category you’ll be able to search and filter according to composer(s), duration and year(s) of composition. You can also select particular composer(s) and combine any of these with text search of anything from a particular instrument to a theme or type of work. Here are some examples:

A cappella choral music composed since 2000

Brass + ‘fanfare’

Chamber Orchestra works up to 10 minutes duration

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Great repertoire ideas

If you’ve already got an idea of what you’re looking for – perhaps something to fit the theme of your concert – go ahead and send us a call for works and we’ll gather a hand-picked collection of great repertoire suggestions for you. 

Undiscovered works

Living composers continue to produce new works so there may be works by our composers which aren’t yet published but could be perfect for your performance. Plus, often our composers will be happy to make adjustments to existing pieces so they work just as well for your choir. Find out more with a call for works.

Affordable parts

To ensure tight budgets don’t get in the way of music-making we offer larger choirs special deals on individual scores – talk to us to benefit from our flexible pricing.

Celebratory publicity for your event

As a community getting together to perform you’ve got an inspirational story to share. Be featured in our news on the CE website, mailing list and through our social media accounts, with special features and profiles for your important events. Take a look at what’s new to see how we celebrate performances of new music!

Commission a new work!

As well as having the privilege of bringing a new work to life, including a premiere in your programme is a great way to build a sense of anticipation and intrigue to draw your audiences in. Here at Composers Edition we want you to know that, whoever you are, you can be a part of musical history by commissioning new work – specially composed for your ensemble.

Composers love to get to know those performing their works for the first time and can take an active part in your special event, attending rehearsals, performances and giving talks. 

Since the process of commissioning can be somewhat of an enigma, we’ve made it our mission to help demystify it for you, guiding you through what is a truly exciting process. And as ever, we’re here to advise and support you throughout your project.

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CE for Choirs

Whether you’re a community choir, children’s chorus, a cappella group or professional choir we’re proud to provide you with the sheet music of a fantastic range of works suited to your musical settings. 

Whatever your needs you’ll get a personal service from the Composers Edition team. Performing Artist Services Manager Isa Gibbs is standing by and would love to hear from you!

Find the perfect fit for your programme

If you head over to our catalogue search or any category you’ll be able to search and filter according to composer(s), duration and year(s) of composition. You can also select particular composer(s) and combine any of these with text search of anything from a particular instrument to a theme or type of work. Here are some examples:

Chamber Music + ‘violin’ and ‘flute’ composed since 2000

Brass + ‘fanfare’

Chamber or Ensemble + ‘electronics’

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Great repertoire ideas

If you’ve already got an idea of what you’re looking for – perhaps something to fit the theme of your concert – go ahead and send us a call for works and we’ll gather a hand-picked collection of great repertoire suggestions for you. 

Undiscovered works

Living composers continue to produce new works so there may be works by our composers which aren’t yet published but could be perfect for your performance. Plus, often our composers will be happy to make adjustments to existing pieces so they work just as well for your choir. Find out more with a call for works.

Affordable parts

To ensure tight budgets don’t get in the way of the music, we offer larger choirs special deals on individual scores – talk to us to benefit from our flexible pricing.

Additional services for leisure-time choirs

At Composers Edition we’ll always do our best to accommodate your needs and help you realise your artistic vision;

Celebratory publicity for your event

As a community getting together to perform you’ve got an inspirational story to share. Be featured in our news on the CE website, mailing list and through our social media accounts, with special features and profiles for your important events. Take a look at what’s new to see how we celebrate performances of new music!

Order individual songs from larger vocal works

We don’t want you to miss out on some brilliant songs because they’re part of a song cycle, an opera, or a musical that doesn’t fit within your time constraints or your budget. So, we’re more than happy to tailor larger works to your wishes. If you’ve something particular theme in mind, send in a call for works and we’ll fetch you some song suggestions!

Get a reduced accompaniment

Found something you love but just don’t have the forces or the budget to make it work? We can solve that! We now offer an accompaniment reduction service so that you don’t have to rule out a large-scale work because of the forces required. Whether you’d like a piano reduction, an organ arrangement or something different, let us know and we’ll assess the possibilities with your composer. 

Commission a new work!

As well as having the privilege of bringing a new work to life, including a premiere in your programme is a great way to build a sense of anticipation and intrigue to draw your audiences in. Here at Composers Edition we want you to know that, whoever you are, you can be a part of musical history by commissioning new work – specially composed for your choir. 

Since the process of commissioning can be somewhat of an enigma, we’ve made it our mission to help demystify it for you, guiding you through what is a truly exciting process. And as ever, we’re here to advise and support you throughout your project.

"Community" Illustration by May Kindred-Boothby
“Community” Illustration by May Kindred-Boothby
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CE for
Ensembles
& Orchestras

Conductors, artistic directors and musical curators – we’re here for you! We understand that programming and performing new contemporary repertoire can bring particular challenges. Selecting new orchestral and ensemble works is rarely a case of simply browsing and choosing. Whatever your needs you’ll get a personal service from the Composers Edition team. Performing Artist Services Manager Isa Gibbs is standing by and would love to hear from you!

Find the perfect fit for your programme

If you head over to our catalogue search or any category you’ll be able to search and filter according to composer(s), duration and year(s) of composition. You can also select particular composer(s) and combine any of these with text search of anything from a particular instrument to a theme or type of work. Here are some examples:

Ensemble, including piano up to 15 minutes duration

Ensemble works composed since 2020

Chamber or Ensemble + ‘electronics’

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Great repertoire ideas

If you’ve already got an idea of what you’re looking for – perhaps something to fit the theme of your concert, or partner a repertoire classic – go ahead and send us a call for works and we’ll gather a hand-picked collection of great suggestions for you. 

Undiscovered works

Living composers continue to produce new works so there may be works by our composers which aren’t yet published but could be perfect for your performance. Plus, often our composers will be happy to make adjustments to existing pieces so they work just as well for you. Find out more with a call for works

Digital perusal scores

All of our works pages on this website provide previews, but we understand that for bigger programming decisions you might need to peruse whole scores. No problem! simply let us know which works you’re interested in and we’ll provide free digital perusal copies.

Affordable hire & sale

To ensure tight budgets don’t get in the way of music-making we tailor our prices according to who you are and the specifics of your performance – get in touch to benefit from our flexible pricing.

Premiere a new work

Composers sometimes compose orchestral and ensemble works not to commission but because the works simply demand to be composed. Join the CE Club to receive email updates on pieces awaiting their first performance and grab the chance to make history!

As well as having the privilege of bringing a new work to life, including a premiere in your programme is a great way to build a sense of anticipation and intrigue to draw your audiences in. Here at Composers Edition we want you to know that, whoever you are, you can be a part of musical history by commissioning new work – specially composed for you. 

Since the process of commissioning can be somewhat of an enigma, we’ve made it our mission to help demystify it for you, guiding you through what is a truly exciting process. And as ever, we’re here to advise and support you throughout your project.

“Baton spirit” by May Kindred-Boothby
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CE for
Soloists & Chamber Groups

Whether you’re looking for the perfect fit for your recital, on a mission to expand the repertoire for your unique ensemble or looking for the ideal collaborators, we’re here to speed up your repertoire search and illuminate new possibilities!

Whatever your needs you’ll get a personal service from the Composers Edition team. Performing Artist Services Manager Isa Gibbs is standing by and would love to hear from you!

Find the perfect fit for your programme

If you head over to our catalogue search or any category you’ll be able to search and filter according to composer(s), duration and year(s) of composition. You can also select particular composer(s) and combine any of these with text search of anything from a particular instrument to a theme or type of work. Here are some examples:

String quartets of 10 to 20 minutes duration

Solo piano works + ‘sonata’

Chamber works + ‘electronics’

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Great repertoire ideas

If you’ve already got an idea of what you’re looking for – perhaps something to fit the theme of your concert – go ahead and send us a call for works and we’ll gather a hand-picked collection of great repertoire suggestions for you. 

Undiscovered works

Living composers continue to produce new works so there may be works by our composers which aren’t yet published but could be perfect for your performance. Plus, often our composers will be happy to make adjustments to existing pieces so they work just as well for your choir. Find out more with a call for works.

Collaborate with our composers

Perhaps you’re looking to record a set of new works but you’re not sure where to begin, or sketching plans for a multi-media project you’ve been dreaming of for years. Here’s your chance to make it happen! Let us in on your plans by emailing Isa Gibbs at [email protected] and we’ll help you find the perfect composer-partner.

Premiere a new work!

Join the CE Club to receive email updates on pieces awaiting their first performance or email Isa Gibbs at [email protected] and grab the chance to make history! Find premiering opportunities here, and keep your eyes peeled for updates!

Electronics

Our composers’ work isn’t solely acoustic. Amplification, pre-recorded tape parts and interactive set-ups broaden sonic possibilities. Take a look at the CE repertoire employing electronics here or drop us a line to plan a collaborative project.

Instruments from the past

New music’s not just for modern-day instruments. Lutes, cornetts, viols, and the like – we’d love to see lots more new works calling on the lesser-heard sounds and techniques of earlier eras! [Take a look at our existing catalogue for early instruments here] or drop us a line to explore the possibilities for commissioning.

Cross-cultural and cross-genre

If your background isn’t in western classical music you’re very welcome here too. Whether you’re a jazz musician, a folk musician or trained in another classical tradition we’d love to help you combine soundworlds with our composers!

Celebratory publicity for your event

As a community getting together to perform you’ve got an inspirational story to share. Be featured in our news on the CE website, mailing list and through our social media accounts, with special features and profiles for your important events. Take a look at what’s new to see how we celebrate performances of new music!

Commission a new work!

As well as having the privilege of bringing a new work to life, including a premiere in your programme is a great way to build a sense of anticipation and intrigue to draw your audiences in. Here at Composers Edition we want you to know that, whoever you are, you can be a part of musical history by commissioning new work – specially composed for your ensemble.

Composers love to get to know those performing their works for the first time and can take an active part in your special event, attending rehearsals, performances and giving talks. 

Since the process of commissioning can be somewhat of an enigma, we’ve made it our mission to help demystify it for you, guiding you through what is a truly exciting process. And as ever, we’re here to advise and support you throughout your project.

“spotlight” by May Kindred-Boothby
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CE for
Community
& Leisure-time Groups

You might have thought of contemporary music as a little too serious, unusual or technically demanding for your leisure-time or community group – at Composers Edition we’re here to show you that’s very often not the case!

Our catalogue will likely reassure you that music being written today is for you too. Follow the links below to find repertoire suited to leisure-time musicians, get inspired and see how the Composers Edition team will personally go the extra mile to support your creative endeavours:

Whether you’re an old hand or if contemporary music is entirely new to you, don’t hesitate to drop the CE team a line – we’ll give you whatever guidance you need as you explore new musical ground.

"Community" Illustration by May Kindred-Boothby
“Community” Illustration by May Kindred-Boothby
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CE for
Students, Teachers,
Institutions

Music departments, conservatoires, teachers, summer schools, youth music organisations – we’re here for you! Let us give you a hand with finding the repertoire that will meet your technical and artistic criteria and help you inspire the next generation of musicians.

Whatever your needs you’ll get a personal service from the Composers Edition team. Performing Artist Services Manager Isa Gibbs is standing by and would love to hear from you!

Student-ready pieces

Assessing the difficulty of contemporary music isn’t always straightforward. Some works which may at first appear technically undemanding can throw up some unexpected challenges. 

That’s why we’ve worked closely with our composers to select and grade works for a wide range of instruments, chamber, ensemble and orchestral groups. Take a look at our student selection and if you can’t quite find what you’re looking for, talk to us!

Great repertoire ideas

With such a broad range of musical styles and approaches our composers will no doubt have something suitable for you whether for your termly concert programme, a conducting exam or your student’s final recital.

So if you’ve got an idea of what you’re looking for – perhaps something to fit a theme or a specific instrumentation – go ahead and send in a call for works and we’ll gather a collection of great repertoire suggestions from our composers.

Undiscovered works

Living composers continue to produce new works so there may be works by our composers which aren’t yet published but could be perfect for your performance. Plus, often our composers will be happy to make adjustments to existing pieces so they work just as well for you. Find out more with a call for works

Order individual songs from larger works

We don’t want you to miss out on some brilliant songs because they’re part of an opera or a musical that doesn’t fit within your time constraints or budget. So, we’re more than happy to tailor larger works to your wishes. If you’ve got a particular theme in mind, send in a call for works and we’ll fetch you some song suggestions!

Commission a reduced accompaniment

Found something you love but just don’t have the forces or the budget to make it work? We can solve that! We now offer an accompaniment reduction service so that you don’t have to rule out a large-scale work because of the forces required. Whether you’d like a piano reduction, an organ arrangement or something different, let us know and we’ll assess the possibilities with your composer. 

Electronics

Our composers’ work isn’t solely acoustic. Amplification, pre-recorded tape parts and interactive set-ups broaden sonic possibilities. Take a look at the CE repertoire employing electronics here or drop us a line to plan a collaborative project.

Instruments from the past

New music’s not just for modern-day instruments. Lutes, cornetts, viols, and the like – we’d love to see lots more new works calling on the lesser-heard sounds and techniques of earlier eras! [Take a look at our existing catalogue for early instruments here] or drop us a line to explore the possibilities for commissioning.

Cross-cultural and cross-genre

If your background isn’t in western classical music you’re very welcome here too. Whether you’re a jazz or folk musician or trained in another classical tradition we’d love to help you combine soundworlds with our composers!

Tight Budget?


We know that music education often doesn’t get the financial support it deserves, so we’re on your side when it comes to the costs. To make sure money doesn’t get in the way of brilliant musical opportunities, we offer educational discounts on hire and sale of works for larger forces – talk to us to benefit from our flexible pricing.

Commission a new work!

As well as having the privilege of bringing a new work to life, including a premiere in your programme is a great way to build a sense of anticipation and intrigue to draw your audiences in. Here at Composers Edition we want you to know that, whoever you are, you can be a part of musical history by commissioning new work – specially composed for your choir. 

Since the process of commissioning can be somewhat of an enigma, we’ve made it our mission to help demystify it for you, guiding you through what is a truly exciting process. And as ever, we’re here to advise and support you throughout your project.

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CE for
Festivals, Concert
& Event Planners

Festival directors and curators – we’re here for you! Whether you’re new music old-hands or looking to bring your audiences fresh experiences, we and our cohort of professional composers can deliver for you with works, programming suggestions and extras such as festival talks, not to mention your very own commissions.

Find the ideal music for your festival 

If you head over to our catalogue search or any category you’ll be able to search and filter according to composer(s), duration and year(s) of composition. You can also select particular composer(s) and combine any of these with text search of anything from a particular instrument to a theme or type of work. Here are some examples:

Orchestra with soprano soloist composed since 2010

All works with some reference to Shakespeare

Chamber or Ensemble + ‘electronics’

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Great repertoire ideas

If you’ve already got an idea of what you’re looking for – perhaps something to fit the theme of your concert, or partner a repertoire classic – go ahead and send us a call for works and we’ll gather a hand-picked collection of great suggestions for you.

Undiscovered works

Living composers continue to produce new works so there may be works by our composers which aren’t yet published but could be perfect for your performance. Plus, often our composers will be happy to make adjustments to existing pieces so they work just as well for you. Find out more with a call for works

Looking for something a bit different?

As contemporary artists many of our composers have created works for a range of digital, electronic, multimedia setups. Some are also experienced in creating theatrical and installation works. If this is something that could fit your festival we can help you find the right existing works or composer to work with. Get in touch!

Celebratory publicity for your event

By bringing people together for unique experiences you and your festival have an inspirational story to share. Be featured in our news on the CE website, mailing list and through our social media accounts, with special features and profiles for your events. Take a look at what’s new to see how we celebrate performances of new music!

Commission a new work!

As well as having the privilege of bringing a new work to life, including a premiere in your programme is a great way to build a sense of anticipation and intrigue to draw your audiences in. Here at Composers Edition we want you to know that, whoever you are, you can be a part of musical history by commissioning new work – specially composed for your choir. 

Since the process of commissioning can be somewhat of an enigma, we’ve made it our mission to help demystify it for you, guiding you through what is a truly exciting process. And as ever, we’re here to advise and support you throughout your project.


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CE for
Commissioning

Here at Composers Edition we think about commissioning differently. Not as the preserve of new music specialists or big orchestras, but as an exciting and energising activity which everyone can take part in whether you’re a community choir, string quartet or festival organiser.

We know it can seem a daunting prospect not least given the variety of music being composed today but we’re here to help match you and the right composer with our

Where to start?

New to commissioning? No problem! Read our jargon-free short guide to commissioning

Ready to start your commissioning journey?

or

“Commissioning Spirit” Illustration by May Kindred-Boothby