Entries open for Archbishop’s Prize for New Composers

Inaugural prize winner Timothy Mallis (Sydney Archdiocese)

Young composers from across Australia are invited to enter the Archbishop’s Prize for New Composers, with the winner to have their work performed at a Christmas concert at St Mary’s Cathedral. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

The prize was first offered in 2019 and is open to composers aged from 18-35 with the winner receiving a cash prize of $2500. The prize was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The inaugural winner was Melbourne choir teacher Timothy Mallis, who composed a piece based on the late Australian poet Les Murray’s work Animal Nativity.

Entrants in this year’s competition must use lyrics from the poem Wisdom by North Sydney Jesuit priest Fr Andrew Bullen SJ to compose a piece of choral music that is less than five minutes in length.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said the competition was an important way of recognising the historic contribution the Church makes to the arts, while celebrating emerging composers at the same time.

“We all know first-hand how music can play a powerful role in accompanying us in our personal faith journeys,” Archbishop Fisher said.

“I hope the competition can inspire young composers to take up careers in music, especially in the field of choral music, which can only benefit the faithful in the decades ahead.”

Interstate winners will have their flights paid for to ensure they can come to Sydney to receive their prize. The second prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $1000 and the third prize winner $500.

Details: Archbishop's Prize for New Composors


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