The Japanese word ‘fufu’ (or ‘夫婦’) means 'husband and wife’ or 'married couple’.

“What greater thing is there for two human souls then to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” — George Eliot

The latest concours from County Hall Arts (CHA) wishes to celebrate the millions of ‘fufu’ still walking together after so many decades - their love enduring, through thick and thin.

Classical music composers are invited to submit proposals for their 'Symphony Fufu' and the opportunity to share in a prize pool of over €200,000.

A successful marriage necessitates falling in love many times, always with the same person - proposals should be inspired by and reflect on such a love.

The first stage of the competition invites composers to submit a short "pitch document" (up to 3 pages) setting out their vision for this classically composed Symphony Fufu. In addition, please supply an audio file or link to an earlier composition, a previous sample score composed for an orchestra or large ensemble and a biography/CV.

The concours is open for these ‘first stage’ submissions from 19th June 2023 through to 15th September 2023.

A selection of entrants will be long-listed and invited to create their symphony for a second stage of adjudication, with the winner due to be awarded a prize of €100,000. A prize of €50,000 is on offer tor the second placed composition, €30,000 for third place. Up to three other finalists will each be awarded €10,000.

Behind every great man is a great woman - and behind every great woman is a great man.

Winston and Clementine, Napoleon and Josephine, Marie and Pierre Curie - figures from history who bear witness to the potential and power of an enduring match.

Yet for all of these noteworthy individuals who left their mark on history, so there are millions of couples, without rising to prominence, whose day-to-day impact on the lives of their partners, their families and those around them is equally profound.

"My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me." — Winston Churchill

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