Old Hispanic Office Composition Competition

University of Bristol (UK) – Old Hispanic Office (Faculty of Arts)


Workshop   Bristol / Oxford – March 2016

Concert        Bristol – February 2017

Solists: Kokoro Ensemble (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)


Vincitore dell’ ‘Old Hispanic Office Composition Competition’ con il brano ‘so far away and hidden.. Libera Me’ (flauto/ottavino, clarinetto/clarinetto basso, marimba/percussioni, pianoforte, violino, violoncello)

Commissione di un brano per il Kokoro Ensemble, eseguito il 5 febbraio 2017 presso l'Auditorium delle Victoria Rooms


Winner of ‘Old Hispanic Office Composition Competition’ with the work ‘so far away and hidden.. Libera Me’ (flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, marimba/percussions, piano, violin, cello)

Commission of a work for Kokoro Ensemble, that has been performed in February 2017 at the Auditorium of Victoria Rooms




This call is part of the Old Hispanic Office project, funded by the European Research Council. The project focuses on the Old Hispanic liturgy, practised in Iberia until it was largely eradicated and replaced by the Roman liturgy (with its Gregorian chant) in the 1080s. The Old Hispanic melodies are preserved in campo aperto notation which does not indicate pitch or intervallic content; the melodies cannot securely be transcribed or performed nowadays.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC grant agreement n° 313133. 

In this competition, the Old Hispanic Office invited composers residing in EU countries to recreate something of Old Hispanic chant’s aesthetic, devotional or spiritual world in their own musical language.


about the  Old Hispanic Office Project

about the  Composition Competition, with the list of commissioned composers



Emma Hornby (Reader in Music, University of Bristol, and Old Hispanic Office project director)
Paul Mealor (Professor of Composition, Aberdeen University)
John Pickard (Professor of Composition, University of Bristol)


For the choral compositions, there will be two consultant adjudicators:

Stephen Darlington (Cathedral Organist and Tutor in Music, Christ Church, Oxford)
Mark Lee (Master of the Choristers & Organist, Bristol Cathedral)


For the instrumental compositions, there will be two consultant adjudicators:

Michael Ellison (Senior Lecturer in Composition, University of Bristol)
Neal Farwell (Senior Lecturer in Composition, University of Bristol)