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Gondwanas National Choral School 2020 is open for applications.

Tue Aug 13 2019

Gondwana’s National Choral School 2020 is open for applications.

Previously National Choral School was capped off with a marvellous performance Festival of Summer Voices. From 2020 we are switching things up with Festival of Summer Voices being the umbrella event, and National Choral School one of six streams within the Festival.

 This shift will allow us to develop the content delivered within the festival, and provide more focus for our Conductor School, Composer Academy and Choral Skills Lab. We’re also adding a free outdoor event alongside the evening concert series.

 As ever, we recognise the important role that regional Conservatoriums play in the lives of young singers, and we look forward to welcoming your current crop of young singers. We are counting on you to ensure that every capable and promising young chorister understands that the Gondwana National Choral School is a realistic opportunity for them.

We are touring nationally for auditions throughout August and September, and there is also the option of AV auditions for students that live in regions beyond our tour locations. 

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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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