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ANCA Choralfest 2021

Tue May 26 2020

Message from the President - Dr. Debra Shearer-Dirié

Every two years ANCA looks forward to hosting Choralfest, however with much consideration we are announcing the postponement of Choralfest 2021 to 20-23 April 2022 in Adelaide. 

Whilst we anticipate the restrictions on large meetings will have lifted before 2021, the uncertainty associated with the increasing spread of COVID-19 has resulted in concern about the ability of sponsors, stakeholders, international and Australian conductors and potential attendees to commit to Choralfest over the course of this year.

A significant dimension in the planning for Choralfest 2021 was the opportunity to be part of the Adelaide Year of the Choir 2021 (AYC21), a celebration of choirs and choral singing in the City of Adelaide. ANCA is pleased that with the decision to transfer the AYC21 to 2022, ANCA’s Choralfest will be able to be part of this exciting and significant cultural event for the city. 

Although a challenging decision, it has been made in consultation with the SA Choralfest Committee in recognition of the evolving and unpredictable nature of the global medical crisis COVID-19, impacting communities globally. We apologise for this, hoping the reasons are understandable. We look forward to what will be an excellent Choralfest 2022 with your support and attendance. 

Please save the dates 20-23 April 2022 in your diaries and plan to join us to celebrate the power of singing as it connects and unites us in music-making and conversation. We will have a lot to talk about.

We thank you for your support and patience at this time.

Debra Shearer-Dirié
ANCA President 
on behalf of ANCA National Council and the Choralfest Committee

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‘New Choral Composition Prize accepting entries’

 Bel a cappella’s inaugural Prize takes Australian music travelling

 Sydney chamber choir Bel a cappella will mark Music Director Anthony Pasquill’s 10 year anniversary with the choir with a tour to Russia and the Baltic in 2021. In early April they launched an initiative linked to the tour that promises to showcase new Australian music to the world.

The Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize will award 3 Australian composers $1500 each for original a cappella choral works for up to 8 voice parts.  

Each of the 3 winning works will have its world premiere in one of the cities in the 2021 tour (to be chosen by the awarded composer), including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallin and Riga. Their Australian premiere will be at the next concert Bel performs upon their return to Australia.

Pasquill believes that Australian choral music certainly has the capacity to match the depth and breadth of that being composed and performed in the traditional choral music countries of northern Europe and this Prize will give him and Bel a cappella the opportunity to demonstrate that.

Choir president Bruce Watson says, "When we launched our fundraising campaign for this Prize we were excited about creating an opportunity to bring new Australian choral music to the world. Now we also know we'll be supporting some local composers through this terrible time when so much work for musicians has vanished." 

Bel a cappella believes their Choral Composition Prize will make a big difference to composers in this difficult time for the Arts across the globe, providing both a sense of creative purpose and significant prize money to the three awarded composers.

Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize

ELIGIBILITY: The Prize is open to any individual who is a permanent resident of Australia or Australian citizen. There is no age limit.



A panel of jurors will review entries and award the 3 Prizes on July 31, 2020

Information/ Web:

Contact: Pepe Newton | Publicity Officer |  | m 0412 548 703

See the attached flyer for more information. 



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