2022 Prelude heritage residency now open to Australian composers

Applications for Prelude composer residencies in 2022 are now open and will close on midnight Sunday 15 August 2021.

The residency is part of a program run by the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers House Trust, offering year-long residencies to allow composers to focus on their craft while residing in one of three heritage-listed Australian homes in Adelaide, Perth and Sydney.

The Adelaide resident occupies a historic North Adelaide site which is managed by the National Trust of South Australia.

Prelude supports Australian composers with the time and space to create new work by providing accommodation and a stipend to assist with living expenses. It is based on the sentiment expressed by Peggy Glanville-Hicks in 1958 that, β€œIt is apparent that leisure and silence are absolute prerequisites for composers if they are to engage fully the many forms of awareness involved in creative activity.”

A previous resident with National Trust of South Australia was Matt Laing who as recently joined the Partridge String Quartet in the initiative β€” whose program was extended to 2023 after their 2020-21 participation was disrupted by the events of COVID-19.

A graduate of the University of Melbourne studying both commerce and music, Laing trained as a viola player and continued to compose music. He is a recipient of the 2021 Prelude Residency through the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer House Trust.

Composers are encouraged to apply via the online application system and can submit video clips, music files and any documentation they feel relevant to their application.

Competition for the residencies is fierce and selection carefully managed. Applications will be assessed by industry peers and results announced in September.


click here to See the assessment criteria and how to apply