Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Reading Phoenix Choir launches choral composition competition

5:11, 11th January 2018

The Reading Phoenix Choir has launched the Walter Hussey Composition Competition.

The adjudication panel for the inaugural year comprises composers Kerry Andrew and Andrew McKenna, conductor and vocal coach Anthony Jenner, and representatives from Reading Phoenix Choir.

The competition is named in honour of Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral from 1955 to 1977, who commissioned many choral works throughout his lifetime.

The theme of the inaugural competition is ‘Gold’ to coincide with the choir’s upcoming 50th season. Reading Phoenix Choir will perform the world premiere of the winning entry at their 50th year annual concert on 9 March 2019 at Reading Concert Hall.

The closing date for competition entries is 1 July 2018. Entrants must be aged 16 or over. The winner of the competition, who will receive £750, will be announced in March 2019.


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