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Play It Forward Delivers BRAVO's New Choir Program

Fri Nov 1 2019

Play It Forward Delivers BRAVO’s New Choir Program & Arts Charity Partner 

Play It Forward is thrilled and honoured to have been chosen to help deliver the exciting new community choir program on board Australia’s prestigious BRAVO Cruise of Performing Arts for their 2020 season. 

BRAVO Cruise of Performing Arts has also chosen Play It Forward as their nominated arts charity, giving their passengers the opportunity to support Jonathon Welch’s extraordinary vision and work delivering inclusive arts programs for all Australians. 

“It’s been such a privilege to be working with BRAVO to help deliver their onboard Passenger Choir and workshops for the last 6 years, and I’m honoured to have their support of my work through Play It Forward also” said Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Founding Artistic Director of Play It Forward.

 It’s exciting to be able to extend an opportunity for community choirs to come on board this world class arts festival and perform around the ship and show the passengers just how wonderful our choirs are here in Australia” said Jonathon.
 “The choirs will come on board as passengers and get the chance to enjoy all the amazing artists as well of course. We will only have limited space for a few choirs on each cruise to perform, so it will be a unique opportunity for everyone to experience.

And, it will be a World first!” said Jonathon.

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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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