A shining star
Our congratulations to composer Owen Elsley, who has been awarded the Willgoss Choral Composition Prize for 2018! In its second year, the competition again attracted a strong field of entries, choral works written for six voices for performance by the Burgundian Consort.
The winning work, entitled the stars, combines a text from Ptolemy's The Almagest with Aidan Kane's The Stars, in an appropriately ethereal and colourful setting. Owen will receive a $3000 prize supported by Richard and Sue Willgoss, and the opportunity to work with the Burgundian Consort at some stage as they prepare the work for performance. The Burgundian Consort starts rehearsals next week, preparing for a lunchtime recital in May, and the annual evening recital in September at which Owen Elsley's the stars will be given its premiere performance.