Composers' Forum

Membership of the SSG Composers’ Forum is open to those who are interested in composing music or writing texts for the Roman Catholic liturgy.

If you would like to receive information about the Composers’ Forum’s activities, you are invited to join the SSG Composers’ Forum email group. Simply complete the form at the bottom of this page and you will be added to the mailing list.

All communication about the Composers’ Forum business will be carried out via email, so do please sign-up. Some people are already on the existing database, but if you’re not sure, please apply again.

Next meeting:  6th May 2017, Yeovil

As notified in the February edition of Music and Liturgy, composers, text writers, and other interested
persons are cordially invited to the next meeting of the SSG Composers’ Forum, which will be held in
the Marion Hall, adjacent to The Church of the Holy Ghost, 73 Higher Kingston, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21
4AR, on Saturday 6 May 2017, 10.30am (for 11.00) to 4pm. Hot drinks will be available, but please
bring a packed lunch. The agenda is as follows:

10.30am Arrival

11.00 Discussion of compositions & texts – Session 1

1.00pm Lunch

2.00 Discussion of compositions & texts – Session 2

4.00 End

The Catholic Church of the Holy Ghost is located next to Yeovil District Hospital. The Marian Hall is next to the church, around the corner in The Avenue. There are a limited number of parking spaces at the Hall, with more parking on the road.

Call for submissions

Composers and text writers, whether they are SSG members or not, are invited to submit compositions and/or texts for possible discussion at the forthcoming meeting of the SSG Composers’ Forum. Please note:

  • only works submitted in advance of the meeting will be considered
  • composers’ and authors’ copyright in any submitted material will be respected and safeguarded
  • attendees do not have to submit work
  • no work will be discussed whose composers/author is not present
  • works must be unpublished or work-in-progress (the Forum will provide other opportunities to discuss published works)
  • works may be submitted in any of the following media:
    • by email (to Alan Smith)
      • if music, as a software file (Finale [any version], Sibelius [any version], Notion [any version], or any other software application that is currently available for both Windows AND Apple OCs)
      • if text as Microsoft Word [any version]
    • by email (to Alan Smith) as a PDF
  • If you submit more than one item, please prioritise your works, so that if there is only time to consider some of them I will know which ones to omit.
  • I will make printed copies of the music available for discussion, but no-one will go away with copies without your permission (which you are NOT obliged to give).
  • Anyone who submits work will have at least one piece discussed; and usually more, depending on the time available.
  • The discussion will take the form of peer review, led by me, who will ensure that a positive and supportive approach is taken at all times. Composers and writers are, of course, at liberty to accept or reject the suggestions of their peers as they see fit!
  • If you are not yet a member of the Composers’ Forum email group, you can kill two birds with one stone by submitting work for a meeting. This will be taken as a request to join the email group.
Please submit any work for discussion to me to arrive no later than Wednesday 3rd May.

Please do email me if you have any queries about any of this.  If you cannot make it to this meeting please note the details of other meetings this year, listed above on this page.

Alan Smith

Thank you.

Alan Smith

Convenor, SSG Composers’ Forum

Marian Hall

Marian Hall, The Avenue, Yeovil, BA21 4BN

Print Details

If you would like a printable version of all the information you need for the next meeting, a pdf is available here

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Forthcoming meetings 2017

6th May – Yeovil

15th July – Holy Redeemer, Pershore

16th September – St Joseph’s, Bunhill Row, London

St John’s Cathedral, Salford (date to be confirmed)

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We will use your email address to give you early notice of the Forum’s various meetings and workshops around the UK; to send you resource materials from time to time; and to call for material to discuss at the meetings.

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