Willgoss Choral Prizes 2017
In 2017, Richard and Sue Willgoss have generously continued their support of the Willgoss Choral Prizes established in 2016, extending the prizes to include a second prize for each of the Burgundian Consort and Collegium Musicum Choir.
The Willgoss Choral Prizes will again offer a $1000 prize awarded to the best student chorister in each of the Burgundian Consort and the Collegium Musicum Choir, to be selected through demonstration of a high level of commitment, performance and ensemble contribution, and being a current student of UNSW. In addition, a further prize of $250 will be awarded to a member of each choir in 2017, with the same criteria but without the requirement of being a current UNSW student. This provides the opportunity to acknowledge the considerable contribution of those in the choral program of UNSW who are from the broader UNSW community as well as those who are current students.
The four prizes will be awarded at the third concert of the Collegium Musicum series, on Sunday November 26, 2017.
Richard Willgoss 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 ten 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.
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)