Bishop launches competition for Norfolk composers
An opportunity has arisen for young Norfolk composers to create music to provide engagement with the Christian Gospel, with a prize for the best work submitted.
In 2015 the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, announced the creation of The Bishop's Prize for Music - a companion prize to complement the Bishop's Prize for Art. The purpose of the prize is to help young composers find an engagement with the relationship between the Christian Gospel and music in worship.
The competition is open to students under the age of 18, in any school or college in the geographical area covered by the Diocese of Norwich. Competitors are asked to compose a short anthem, not lasting more than 5 minutes, setting a short text to music from a choice chosen by Bishop Graham.
This year, the bishop has chosen four texts under the heading of Restoration and Redemption. They are Isaiah 43 : v1b-3a; Jeremiah 31: v33; Hosea 6 : v1-3; and John 3 : v5-8. Entrants are encouraged to choose extracts from the texts which they find to be most inspirational. Whole texts need not be used, but the texts should not be mixed.
The deadline for submissions is Monday June 5 and the results will be announced in July or August.
Bishop Graham will present the awards at a service of choral evensong in Norwich Cathedral in September and the prize-winning composition may be performed at this service.
For further information, please email Stephen Miles, the Bishop's Prize for Music Co-ordinator or call 01328 878 364 or 07767688514.
Download The Bishop's Prize for Music 2017 prospectus and application form here