Willgoss Choral Prizes
The inaugural Willgoss Choral Prizes was offered in 2016, with a $1000 prize awarded to the best chorister in each of the Burgundian Consort and the Collegium Musicum Choir.
The best chorister was selected on having demonstrated a high level of commitment, performance and ensemble contribution, and was a current student of UNSW. The two prizes were awarded at the third concert of the Collegium Musicum series, on Sunday November 27, 2016.
Left to right: Richard Willgoss, Sue Willgoss, Collegium Musicum Choir Willgoss Prize winner Kieran Hacobian, Sonia Maddock (choral director)
Left to right: Richard Willgoss, Burgundian Consort Willgoss Prize winner Yasmin Stelling, Sue Willgoss, Sonia Maddock (choral director)
Richard Willgoss, and his wife Sue, have generously supported the Willgoss Choral Prizes as support of choral singing at UNSW. Richard was a member of staff of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW for thirty years, and continued on as a Visiting Fellow for several years while undertaking a Bachelor of Music at UNSW. As an undergraduate music student, Richard joined the chamber choir, the Burgundian Consort, and has remained a member for over nine years. During his time with the Burgundian Consort, Richard has specially written some delightful and comedic works for inclusion in the choir’s annual evening recital, and has shown great fondness for his fellow singers. He continued with postgraduate music studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, but has remained a most loyal member of the Burgundian Consort at UNSW.