Abbey Road looking for anthem of our times

By | Published on Friday 11 March 2011

Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios are marking their eightieth anniversary with a competition to find an “anthem of our time”. The winning anthem will be performed by a choir, so we’re probably talking orchestral rather than rock anthems here. Composers are invited to submit an original piece of music for consideration, with the winner – as selected by judges Eric Whitacre, Harry Christophers, George Fenton and Rob Mathes – getting a recording by the London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road Studio 1.

Says Abbey Road Manager Jonathan Smith: “This competition will give composers an opportunity to have their work performed and recorded to the very highest standard. Sir Edward Elgar opened Abbey Road Studios eighty years ago with a great anthem, ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’, performed then by the London Symphony Orchestra. All composers will have the chance to record their anthems in the same studio with the same world-class orchestra. It’s a thrilling prospect and a wonderful way to celebrate Abbey Road Studios’ 80th anniversary”.

Details of what kind of composition is eligible and details of how to enter are at The closing date for entries in 15 Jul.