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Award for Janet Beat

Composer Janet Beat, Honorary Research Fellow at the Music Department of Glasgow University, is the first Scottish composer to win a prize in the Hochschule fu¨r Musik Nürnberg Zweiter Internationaler Wettbewerb fu¨r Komponistinnen  for a wind quintet, subvented by Furore Verlag, Kassel and the Mariann- Steegmann Foundation.

The prize includes publication & release on CD. The premiere will take place later this year by advanced students of the Hochschule für Musik Nuremberg. The quintet, “Atelier”, is 20 minutes long. Its six movements were inspired by prints by the 20th-century artists: Gothein, Couturier, Klee, Vachlav, Lestikow & McKnight Kauffer.


London International A Cappella Choral Competition 2017 - Applications now open

Applications are now open for the third London International A Cappella Choral Competition (LIACCC), in association with Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars.

LIACCC are looking for 16 choirs from all around the world to take part in the 2017 London International A Cappella Choral Competition which will run from Sunday 25 June to Saturday 1 July 2017. Choirs will be divided into three categories: Vocal Ensembles – groups with two voices per part or more; Consorts – groups with one voice per part and Youth Choirs – groups made up of singers aged 18 and under.

For the Heats, each group must prepare: One piece of Renaissance Polyphony (1450-1625); one work by featured composer Arvo Pärt plus music of the group’s own choice to make up a twenty minute programme. For The Grand Final, each group must prepare: One piece of Renaissance Polyphony (1450-1625); one work by featured composer Arvo Pärt plus music of the group’s own choice to make up a twenty minute programme.

To apply, choirs must submit a completed application form and a recording 20 minutes in length of unaccompanied performance of contrasting styles. Completed applications should be submitted to info@sjss.org.uk

Richard Heason, Director of St John's Smith Square said: "St John’s Smith Square is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 3rd London International A Cappella Choral Competition. Vocal ensembles and choral singing are an integral part of the programme at St John’s. As we were originally a baroque church our acoustics are unparalleled for singing and the LIACCC, which celebrates groups singing from all around the world, is a perfect use of St John’s, highlighting the rich and diverse traditions of vocal music and bringing exceptional musicians together from all across the globe."

Booking for all ticketed events will be open from 11 July 2016 via St John’s Smith Square Box Office. Full details on how to apply: www.liaccc.org.uk


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