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ECCO call for works – Brussels 2019

Submit an existing work for ensemble and electronics for a chance to have it performed at the ECSA General Assembly in Brussels

Closing date extended to Wednesday 10 October 2018 at 12 noon

Performance date: 19 February 2019

About ECCO

ECCO (European Contemporary Composers Orchestra) is the name for the bi-annual concerts presented by ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance) to coincide with its General Assembly and Creators Conference each year. The programme for ECCO concerts is drawn from a competitive Europe-wide call. This will be the tenth European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO) Concert. Selected works will be performed by the Hopper ensemble and Centre Henri Pousseur on 19 February 2019 in Espace Senghor, Brussels. The ECSA General Assembly is a high-profile meeting of composer organisations from all over Europe and we encourage all Standard and Professional members to submit works for this call.

Previous performances include:

  • The Stargazer by Lynne Plowman performed by Ensemble Sturm und Klang at the ECSA Creators Conference in Brussels, February 2015
  • Standing as I do before God by Cecilia McDowall and It Sounded as if the Streets were Running by Jonathan Dove performed by the BBC Singers in London as part of the ECSA General Assembly hosted by BASCA, November 2015
  • Musical Chairs by Michael Berkeley and Strike Opponent’s Ears With Both Fists by Julian Grant performed by Ensemble Sturm und Klang at the Creators Conference in Brussels, February 2016
  • Concerto for Orchestra 1st & 4th movements by John Casken performed by RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra in Ljubljana, September 2016
  • Plainsong for Strings by Jennifer Fowler performed by Wiener Concert-Verein in Vienna, October 2017


Specification the Brussels 2019 call

Only pieces of mixed music (acoustic instruments and electronics) are eligible for this call.

Live instruments available:

  • Piano
  • (Electric) Guitar
  • Clarinet
  • German Flute/Transverse Flute
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello

Plus electronics, which may be either:

  • Pre-recorded sound files (“tapes”). The use of a click track or a visual time code is possible
  • Live effects on instruments via cycling 74’s Max software (cycling74.com/products/max) and/or ableton live (https://www.ableton.com/en/live/)
  • The electronics can be stereo or multi-channels (up to 6 channels)

Other requirements:

  • We encourage pieces of all lengths but ask that the piece does not exceed 15 minutes
  • Works composed in movements cannot exceed 15 minutes in total. Separate movements will not be accepted
  • Works must have been written within the last twenty years and have already received a performance

Application and selection

This call is open to Standard and Professional members of BASCA. Please apply online via the link below. BASCA will judge entries anonymously, so please remove your name and any publisher details from the score, recording and file metadata.

BASCA will select up to three works from those it receives to submit to ECSA. The ECCO Artistic Committee will then select the concert programme. We will inform all composers whether or not their work is one of three submitted by BASCA to ECSA and, if so, whether it has been selected for the concert.

Apply online for the ECCO call for works