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CALLING ALL SINGERS! The Great War Symphony, U.S. Premiere, Carnegie Hall, New York

Fri Feb 2 2018

The Great War Symphony, U.S. Premiere, Carnegie Hall, New York
Chart-topping English composer Patrick Hawes has written The Great War Symphony, an epic new work for choir, soloists and orchestra as one of the official U.K. events to mark the end of the centenary commemorations of the First World War.  Of the new work, Patrick says “I wanted to create a memorial in music to all those who were victims of the First World War.  It is so easy to forget that we owe our freedom and ways of life to those men and women who died for us.  I would like to think that, during this centenary year, our nations will bequeath substantial and approachable works of art to future generations.”

The result is The Great War Symphony which will be premièred at London's Royal Albert Hall on 9th October 2018 in aid of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and in partnership with Classic FM.  The work is also currently being recorded at Abbey Road Studios for release later this year.

A month after the world premiere, The Great War Symphony receives its U.S. première at New York’s Carnegie Hall on 11th November 2018, the exact centenary of the Armistice.  For this, Patrick is looking for singers to join him on stage in New York.  “The poignancy of performing the U.S. Premiere of the work on Armistice Day makes this a really special event and I’m hoping to have a large group of singers with me to mark this unique occasion.  We already have choirs singed up from the U.K., U.S., and Germany, and I would love a contingent from Australia, not least because I’ve referenced Gallipoli in the work.  It’s open to individual singers as well as full choirs and is being organised by Distinguished Concerts International New York (, so do get in touch if you are interested in joining me.” 

Conceived for and dedicated to the bravery and sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the First World War, the performance is sure to be highly emotive experience. 


If you would like more informatiom, contact Patrick’s manager at 

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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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