7 May 2014
Opportunity: Gallipoli Songs - a composition competition
© Australian War Memorial
As part of commemorations for the 2015 centenary of the Gallipoli landings, ABC Classic FM and Radio New Zealand Concert are inviting Australian and New Zealand composers to submit original compositions for their joint competition 'Gallipoli Songs'.
Composers are invited to set authentic Gallipoli texts to music - the texts can be from original letters, diaries or any personal writing related to the Gallipoli campaign. The material can be already published, held in national institutions or be part of private family archives.
A grant of $30,000 has been provided by the Department of Veterans' Affairs to assist with running the competition. Prize money of $5,000 per composition will be awarded to six songs that best communicate the experiences of the original Anzacs and their loved ones. In addition, the winning compositions will be professionally performed, recorded and broadcast on Anzac Day 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.
The judging panel will consist of Australian soprano Merlyn Quaife, composer Elliott Gyger and Stephen Adams from ABC Classic FM alongside Kate Mead from Radio NZ Concert and composer Dame Gillian Whitehead.
The closing date for submissions is 20 October 2014.
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