I’m thrilled to share that my work lady of the river has been selected as the winner of the Open Category of the 2022 Compose Aotearoa! National Competition for choral composition. The contest is run by the Choirs Aoteaora New Zealand Trust which manages our three national choirs – Voices NZ, NZ Youth Choir, and NZ Secondary Schools Choir.
lady of the river was composed in 2020 for the University of Auckland Student Choir, for mixed choir, string orchestra and piano, but thanks to Covid it didn’t end up being performed. Before submitting it for this competition last year I did a massive revamp, rearranging it for mixed choir, piano, cello and violin, amongst many other revisions! I was really happy with how it turned out and it means a lot that it also stood out to the judges.
I feel hugely honoured to have been recognised alongside some brilliant names in the NZ choral music scene. This was my third time entering a work into the contest and I’m really proud of all the work I’ve put in which has led to this success. We’re pretty fortunate to have this platform for new choral music available to us here in Aotearoa and I’m looking forward to hearing more of the new works it has inspired.
Congratulations to everyone who entered. It can be challenging to put your work out there but but eventually hard work and perseverance does pay off!