Abbey Road Studios celebrating 80th birthday with anthem contest

Composers of all ages and abilities can compete for the chance to record their anthem at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Eric Whitacre (pictured).
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Composers of all ages and abilities can compete for the chance to record their anthem at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Leading vocal talent and renowned composer/conductor Eric Whitacre (pictured) will also take part in the special recordings.

Any anthem may be submitted as long as it hasn’t been published or recorded for commercial release. The winning entries will be judged by a panel of professional composers including Whiteacre, Harry Christophers, George Fenton and Rob Mathes, and up to ten anthems will be selected for recording. If required, winners will have the chance to receive assistance from leading arrangers prior to the sessions at Abbey Road.

Jonathan Smith, general manager of Abbey Road Studios, commented: “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 80 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.”

Whitacre said: “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate 80 years of excellence at the world’s most famous recording studios than creating new music, giving everyone the chance to participate. Elgar to Radiohead, Abbey Road has hosted the very best. We want to find the great anthems of our time. It is an honour to be involved in the selection process and to record the winning entries. I encourage all writers/composers to submit their music; inspire us.”

The closing date for entries is 15 July. For more details, see



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