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Treephonia: Live 2022 - Open Call for Composers



Treephonia invites composers to apply for our inaugural Open Call 2022, an opportunity to write new works inspired by trees and our environment.

Treephonia: Live 2022 explores new relationships between humankind and nature. It offers the experience of close connections between music, musicians, and audiences in shared natural and social spaces.

Six UK-based composers will be chosen by a selection panel and commissioned to write new works inspired by trees.

These new works will be performed by the professional Treephonia Ensemble at the Treephonia: Live concert series in London in Autumn 2022.


About Treephonia

In 2020, Treephonia was launched as an interactive website where users navigate a virtual Kensington Gardens and listen to new music inspired by trees.

17 composers from the Royal College of Music wrote works for 32 species of trees in Kensington Gardens. These individual works formed part of a larger ecosystem of musical interactions, reflecting the harmonious and symbiotic coexistence of the urban trees.


Project Aims

Treephonia aims to participate and engage with nature and inspire people to forge healthier and more sustainable relationships with their environment.

We wish to investigate deeply what trees mean to humans, to share these experiences and relationships through music, and to engage with art and its role in shaping our sustained existence for the future.


Project Brief

Trees are among the largest and oldest living organisms on Earth, revealing multitudes about the world and our place within it.

Observing from various perspectives and dimensions, we witness complexities, patterns, order, chaos, symbiosis, competition, reproduction, decay, endurance, and impermanence…

We see the past, present, and future manifested all at once in their roots, branches, layered trunks, and budding leaves and flowers.

Since antiquity, arboreal imagery has permeated art, literature, mythology, genealogy, religion, and science.

Trees are truly amazing beings, sustaining and nourishing all life around them.

In Treephonia 2020, composers explored the particular characteristics of various tree species. The specific trees of Kensington Gardens gave rise to unique soundworlds, textures, and forms, and invited composers to consider musical material in diverse ways.

For Treephonia: Live 2022, we wish to dig deeper and a pursue a greater discovery of the majesty of trees!

We are looking for composers with a passion for exploring the relationship between music, nature, and ecology. The theme of trees encompasses a multitude of disciplines and thought. As long as your work engages with trees or is inspired by an aspect of trees, we would love to hear from you.

We welcome all styles and genres, though pieces which take advantage of an outdoor/semi-outdoor performance environment will be particularly welcome.

We actively encourage applications from diverse, underrepresented, and/or marginalised backgrounds.

Previous Treephonia composers are eligible and welcome to apply.


Selection panel

Jonathan Cole — Composer, Head of Composition at the Royal College of Music

David Elliot — Chief Executive at Trees for Cities



You may choose to write for a maximum of 8 instruments (min 3)
• Flute
• Oboe
• Bb Clarinet
• Bassoon
• Saxophone (Either Soprano/Alto/Tenor)
• Horn
• 2 Violins
• Viola
• Cello
• Double Bass

You do not have to use all the available forces. We encourage unique configurations of the ensemble that suits your proposal.



The piece should be between 4-8 minutes.

Scores will be required in order to communicate ideas to the musicians. However this does not need to be traditionally notated (i.e. we welcome graphic scores, free notation).


The award

•  Each composer receives a £500 commission fee.
•  The composition will be performed by the professional Treephonia Ensemble.
•  The composition will be professionally recorded and filmed live on site.
•  The composer will be featured on the Treephonia website.
•  The music will be published on the Treephonia website.


Licensing the work and moral rights

If the composer is selected to write a new work, the composer grants to Treephonia a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual licence to reproduce the work.

Treephonia will acknowledge the composer whenever rearranging or publishing the work or communicating the work to the public.


Key dates

Applications open: 5 May 2022
Deadline for applications: 26 May 2022 (12.00pm)
Composers announced: 9 June 2022
Compositions due: 29 August 2022


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We are looking forward to hearing your work!

Treephonia: Live 2022 is generously supported by the Genesis Foundation and RCM Accelerate.

Application and selection process in line with Sound and Music Fair Access Principles.

Prize Summary: 
£500 commission fee.
Prizes Details: 

•  Each composer receives a £500 commission fee.
•  The composition will be performed by the professional Treephonia Ensemble.
•  The composition will be professionally recorded and filmed live on site.
•  The composer will be featured on the Treephonia website.
•  The music will be published on the Treephonia website.


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Impuls neue Musik call for participation 2022

The Impuls neue Musik Fund supports musical projects that promote exchange between the French- and German-speaking cultural and linguistic areas and network the contemporary music scenes in Germany, France and Switzerland. We are looking for composers, musicians, sound artists, performers and organisers who are active in the German-French cultural space. 
Funding is available for concerts or concert series, music theatre productions, festivals, academies and artistic residencies with a German-French focus, educational projects and sound art. Hybrid projects combining live and online events are also eligible. Projects must be developed and implemented in Germany, France or Switzerland, with the idea of exchange between the French- and German-speaking cultural areas at the heart of the project. Projects developed and/or presented in at least two of the three countries are particularly eligible. Particular attention will be paid to residencies and projects that respect the environment and sustainable development.

The deadline for applications is 1 June 2022. Successful projects must start on 1 September 2022 at the earliest. Detailed eligibility criteria are available here.

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