The choir spreads out to surround the listeners, and after the gentle hum of an E flat major chord from Musical Director Christopher Hann, the words of the G. K. Chesterton poem begin: “Lo! I am come to autumn . . . ”
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Exciting news! Award winning British born composer Alison Willis is to attend the world premiere of her piece Gold and Spices at Reading Phoenix Choir’s annual carol concert at the Reading Minster at 5pm on Saturday 14th December.
Find out more here.
The Walter Hussey Composition Competition is a choral music composition competition that was launched in January 2018.
The 2020 competition follows Reading Phoenix Choir’s aim of working with young people and is for composers aged between 16 and 24.
With a 1st prize of £500 and a 2nd prize of £200, and a line-up of top judges from the choral and composition world, the Walter Hussey Composition Competition continues to be one of the leading choral composition competitions of our time.
Find out more about the competiton here.
On Saturday 9th March, after two years of excited anticipation, creativity and hard work, Reading Phoenix Choir gave the premiere performance of Golden Day, announcing it as the winner of the inaugural Walter Hussey Choral Composition Competition.
The Portuguese Composer of the piece, Gerson Batista, attended the choir’s Golden Phoenix concert at Reading Concert Hall to receive his £750 prize presented by competition judge, Anthony Jenner, and hear the choir perform his award winning piece.
Find out more about the winner of the Walter Hussey Choral Competition.
Last month we introduced the fourth of five finalists in the Walter Hussey Composition Competition, Gerson Batista. Our final competition finalist is Justin Walker.
Entry name: Eldorado
Text from Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe
Find out more about Justin here.
Justin is the last of our five finalists to be profiled. The winning piece for the inaugural Walter Hussey Composition Competition will be revealed and performed at Reading Phoenix Choir’s Golden Phoenix Concert at Reading Concert Hall, Saturday 9 March 2019. Tickets are available from Reading Arts. We hope to see you there!
A few weeks ago we introduced Ethan McGrath; our fourth finalist to be profiled is Gerson Batista.
Entry name: Golden Day
Text and music by Gerson Batista
Find out more about Gerson here.
Last month we introduced the second of the five finalists of the Walter Hussey Composition Competition, Edmund Jolliffe. Our third competition finalist is Ethan McGrath.
Entry name: Gold Leaves
Text from Gold Leaves by GK Chesterton
Find out more about Ethan here.
Last month we introduced the first of the five finalists in the Walter Hussey Composition Competition, Alison Willis. Our next competition finalist is Edmund Jolliffe
Entry name: Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!
Text adapted from Gold! by Thomas Hood
Find out more about Edmund here.
The Walter Hussey Composition Competition attracted 193 entries from 28 countries, from which our judges selected the top five. It was a long but rewarding process. One Sunday in October, our judges discussed and debated through the day to choose a winning piece, with assistance from an octet of singers from Reading Phoenix Choir.
Now we’d like to introduce you to the five finalists and their piece one by one, (no clues to who won from their order of introduction!). The winner will be announced – and their piece given its world premiere – on Saturday 9 March 2019 at Reading Phoenix Choir’s concert, Golden Phoenix, at Reading Concert Hall. Tickets to this concert will be available nearer the time from Reading Arts.
This month we start with Alison Willis (b.1971).
Entry name: Gold and Spices
Text from All Saints by Christina Rossetti
Find out more about Alison here.