Entries are open in this year’s Archbishop’s Prize for New Composers. The competition was launched in 2019 to recognise and continue the historical contribution of the Church to the arts.
The competition is aimed at discovering and encouraging young composers. It recognises unpublished and previously unperformed choral works, written with a wider use in mind than a single performance.
The inaugural winner of the prize was Melbourne choir teacher, Timothy Mallis, who composed a piece based upon the lyrics of the late Australian poet Les Murray’s work Animal Nativity.
The winning entry will be performed by the St Mary’s Cathedral Choir at the annual Christmas concert, to be held at St Mary’s Cathedral in December 2021. The First Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $2500;
The Second Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $1000;
The Third Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $500
The Second Prize Winner’s Entry and/or the Third Prize Winner’s Entry may be selected by the Director of Music of St Mary’s Cathedral, at his sole discretion, to be performed at the annual St Mary’s Cathedral Christmas Concert.
Wisdom by Fr Andrew Bullen SJ
From Etiquette with Angels: Selected and New Poems,
published by David Lovell Publishing
Casper, Casper, do not be afraid
Of me, of yourself, and even of Herod.
Do not fear that Melchior and Balthazar
Will doubt your story, or be jealous
That I came to your alone.
If they claim that your are young,
Or black, or dream too much,
Make them remember
How they felt when Herod smiled.
You all trusted his welcome.
Notice how you shudder now
At his innocent request.
The child needs no other homage
Than that of the riff-raff shepherds,
Yourselves with your silly gifts,
The heavens singing or your shifting star,
The warm breath of ox and ass,
Joseph’s vigilance and the arms of Mary.
You cannot prevent the slaughter.
Arise and disobey the king.
How do I enter?
To enter in the competition, you must be aged between 18 and 35 and must complete the Entry Application Form, agree to the Competition Conditions of Entry and submit your musical composition. The Entry is to be submitted in the form of sheet music.
A separate application form is required for each Entry in the Competition. It is permitted for an Entry to have more than one composer.
In this case, each Entrant will need to complete a separate Entry Application Form. Each Entrant may only submit one Entry either for himself/herself only or for a group of Entrants where the Entry has more than one composer.
The Competition closes at 5pm on Thursday, 30 September 2021.
Selection of the winning Entry will be based on the following criteria
• the Entry must be a musical composition which uses Andrew Bullen SJ’s poem, “Wisdom”, as its lyrics. A copy of the poem is below;
• the Entry must be no more than 5 minutes in duration;
• the Entry must consist of a standard SATB choral piece with optional division of voices; and
• an Entry may also have an optional organ accompaniment.
In addition, in submitting an Entry, the Entrant should also describe his or her compositional activity to date, such as whether the Entrant has studied composition or performed works.