After finally being able to play through all seventeen wonderful pieces, we are delighted to announce the winning composition of the When Tuba Come One International Composition Competition 2020:


PANDEMIC composed by Joe Galuszka – Congratulations!

Joe will win the first prize of £300 along with a professional recording on the quartet's first CD, due for release in 2021!


The competition winner was thrilled to hear of his success:

'I’m delighted to have been chosen as the winner of this year’s International Tuba Quartet Composition Competition, organised by ‘When Tuba Come One’ – it was a great experience writing for this ensemble and I’m so pleased that ‘PANDEMIC!’ was picked. I wanted to write something that sensitively paints the ongoing challenges and struggles of living in this new COVID-19 world, and I’m looking forward to hearing this work brought to life!"

We are also delighted to announce that six additional compositions will also feature on our new CD.

(in no particular order)


The Severn Flood – Jacob Ashworth

Persevere and Rebuild, for the Sun Will Rise Again – Ian Lester

The New Beginning – Samuel Shelly

...In the Beginning – Jose Flores

Ruminate – Hugh Morris

On Board the Demeter – Paul Saggers


We want to thank you all the competitors for their entries, and we thoroughly enjoyed playing through every piece. We are so incredibly thrilled to now have an additional SEVENTEEN new works for the tuba quartet! This is such a great step for low brass repertoire and we can't wait to perform these new peices as soon as we can!

It has been an exciting year for Birmingham-based tuba quartet, When Tuba Come One, with numerous concert performances, and winning the International Tuba and Euphonium Association’s (ITEA) prestigious Ensemble Prize at their conference in Iowa this May being a particular highlight. (

When Tuba Come One’s aim as an ensemble is to make low brass chamber music as accessible as possible, to push the boundaries of what a tuba quartet can sound like, and to challenge listeners’ preconceptions about the tuba family as a whole. Looking towards the new year, and with this in mind, we invite entries to our new composition competition.

We are passionate about expanding the currently rather limited repertoire of the tuba quartet genre and hope that through this competition we are able expand and diversify the genre in as many ways as possible.

The Brief:

The brief is intentionally very free to allow for greater compositional freedom and hopefully to allow for a diverse range of pieces to arise from the process. Works in any style are permitted and we hope that this competition will encourage those who have not written for a tuba quartet previously to bring a new perspective to the genre, as well as those who know the genre well.
We ask that entries should incorporate the idea of “new beginnings”.