Sampling Holst – Morley Festival Competition | Entries now open

SAMPLING HOLST’ is a sampling competition which encourages the creation of new electronic works from all genres and disciplines of electronic music – dubstep to grime, experimental electronic music to techno.

Ten to twelve finalists will be selected and will receive a combination of prizes such as Solid State Logic plug-ins (worth £1,000) to audio hardware and others kindly donated by our partners. In addition to this, the finalists’ tracks will be released as the first album compilation from TERM Records, Morley’s new label to launched this autumn.

Entries now open! Click here to submit your work

The  competition finalists, selected by The Engine Room’s panel of judges which includes composer and producer Gabriel Prokofiev and BBC Radio 3 presenter Max Reinhardt, will be announced at a party event at Iklectik  on 30 June  2018.

To participate in the competition, you must create a work of no longer than five minutes, making use of a minimum of seven samples from the selection available on the Engine Room website.

Morley is very grateful to the London Schools Symphony Orchestra for providing the recording from which we have selected the source material.

Entries now open! Click here to submit your work

Competition Guidelines


  • The competition is open to emerging artists and producers, including students.
  • Entries are welcomed from all countries of residence, nationalities and age groups.
  • Entries must be new works, created using the samples provided on this page.
Entries cannot have been previously performed or submitted to other competitions
  • Collaborative works will be accepted, providing all contributors are emerging artists. Collaborative works will count towards the limit of one entries per artist.

Submission details

  • Submissions are limited to one work per entrant.
  • Submissions must be between 3-4minutes in duration.
  • All entries must be submitted online via this website. Mailed or emailed materials will not be considered.
  • Any links provided should be a direct link to a sound file, or embedded in a web page that is easily playable (e.g. Bandcamp, SoundCloud, Vimeo, YouTube, artist website). Please do not provide links to file downloads or transfers (e.g. Dropbox, WeTransfer).
  • There is no entry fee for this competition.

Successful entries

Successful works will be announced at an event on June 30, 2018 and a list will be published on this website.

Key dates

  • Deadline for entries: 15 June 2018

  • Successful entrants announced on 30 June 2018, and notified by email 1 July 2018


The Engine Room announces ‘SAMPLING HOLST’, part of Morley’s The Planets Festival, which celebrates 100 years since the premiere of the ground-breaking classical orchestral work ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst, Director of Music at Morley at the time.

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