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Vale Ralph Morton

Thu Feb 25 2016

Dr. Ralph William Morton, former Director of Music, St Stephen's Cathedral Brisbane and ANCA Life Member has died. 

Ralph was on the National Council for ACCA (before the merge to become ANCA) from 1989 – 1990 when the merge happened.  Then he served on the ANCA National Council from 1999 – 2005.  We believe he was a member of ACCA from the beginning and then stayed on as a ANCA member (and was a member when made a life member in 2010).  

Ralph's funeral is at St John's Anglican Cathedral, Ann St, Brisbane next Wednesday, March 2nd, at 2pm.

Please note that parking is not available in the precinct, but car parking is found in Cathedral Square, opposite the cathedral. A voucher downloaded from the cathedral website will give you discounted parking.


A message from Michael Fulcher

VALE Ralph Morton

I am sure that you have all now heard of the passing away of Dr. Ralph Morton earlier this week after an eight-month struggle in hospital with a lymphoma. He went peacefully after hearing his favourite anthem, “Like as the hart” by Herbert Howells playing on a CD.

I understand that Ralph was a National Council member of ACCA, the Australian Choral Conductors Association, 1989-1990 and then of ANCA 1999-2005. He was made a Life Member of ANCA in 2010. Latterly, he has been heavily involved with the RSCM as National President as well as Chair of the Queensland Branch. He was also Director of Music at St Stephen’s Cathedral Brisbane for some 12 years as well as Director of Australian Catholic University Choir in Brisbane. He was Co-Founder and Editor of Morton Music, a specialist choral music publisher and Chairman of the Board of the National Youth Choir of Australia 2008-14. Judging by the wave of sympathy and respect expressed on social media recently, he was greatly respected and admired and will be very much missed by everyone who knew and worked with him. Personally, I always enjoyed working with him and simply spending time with him. He was gentle, kind, resolute, reliable and persistent, all admirable qualities. I worked with him as accompanying organist on several occasions since his return rom Masters and Doctoral studies in USA and found him always professional, courteous, amiable, astute, well-prepared and very clear to follow. I don’t know anyone else who was quite as hardworking and reliable as Ralph and so consistently good-natured all the while. One was always aware of his deep love and understanding of church music. I will miss him very much, both personally and professionally.


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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

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

See the attached flyer for more information. 



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