JONATHON WELCH FAREWELLS HIS BELOVED CHOIR OF HARD KNOCKSMon Sep 10 2018
JONATHON WELCH FAREWELLS HIS BELOVED CHOIR OF HARD KNOCKS
from the office of Dr Jonathon Welch AM
After twelve years at the artistic helm of the ‘choir that inspired the nation’ on the ground breaking award winning ABC TV series ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’, Founding Artistic Director Dr Jonathon Welch AM has announced his retirement at the end of December 2018.
“It has been the journey of a lifetime and an honour to work with, lead, and call the Choir of Hard Knocks my friends” said Dr Welch.
“From day one, the choir members and I have had a very special bond, and I could never have imagined the impact the choir has had on so many people’s lives around the world.
We have spent thousands of hours together in rehearsals and in hundreds of concerts around the Nation. I know how much the choir means to the members and all the volunteers, as well as to the public that have supported their journey and watched their amazing development.
But now it’s time for me to focus on my beautiful family and look to the future as I also turn 60 years old in a few weeks.
I’m also celebrating 40 years professionally in the music industry, so this year is full of milestones and exciting new beginnings for me and for the choir as they also celebrate their 12th birthday next week” said Dr Welch.
“The Choir of Hard Knocks will always remain etched in my heart and will probably be seen as my ‘footprint in the sand’. It has been my greatest honour to serve them as their artistic leader for all these years.
I will remain involved in the background in the coming months to ensure the choir’s future and to assist them with the appointment of a new conductor in 2019, but in the meantime we are going to share some more special times together until I finish in December with a big farewell concert that we are planning.
I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this journey supporting me and the Choir for the past 12 years, in particular my wonderful husband Matt, who has been by my side through thick and thin.
I know that you will all continue to support the choir as they move into an exciting new and different phase of their development now” said Dr Welch.
“I still have so much more work that I want to do in the arts inclusion space in Australia, and look forward to sharing that news shortly also” said Dr Welch excitedly.
Details of the farewell concert with Choir of Hard Knocks and Dr Welch will be announced in the coming weeks.
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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.
PRIZE PERIOD OPENS: April 1, 2020
PRIZE PERIOD CLOSES: June 30, 2020
A panel of jurors will review entries and award the 3 Prizes on July 31, 2020
Information/ Web: https://belacappella.org.au/composition-prize
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See the attached flyer for more information.