2023 Prelude heritage residency now open to Australian composers

Applications for Prelude composer residencies in 2023 are now open and will close at midnight on Monday 8 August 2022.

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 heritage-listed homes in Perth and Sydney.

The Perth resident occupies beautiful Gallop House in Dalkeith, which is managed by the National Trust of Western 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, “It 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.”

The 2022 resident is Anna Laverty, an award-winning producer with an impressive catalogue of releases across multiple genres.

Previous Prelude residents at Gallop House include award winning pianist Dr Yitzhak Yedid, performer/composer Rachael Dease and jazz musician/composer Chris McNulty.

The residencies are open to composers of music of any genre and at any stage of their career. The successful applicants are provided with sole occupancy of the houses.

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 later in the year.

Announcing the call for applications, Mary Jo Capps, Chair of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Trust, said, “The Prelude program has been a great success, creating a national network built on the long standing presence of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House in Sydney”.

“It is a program that acknowledges the centrality of the artist and the value of time and space to create new work.

“This opportunity wouldn’t be possible without the incredible foresight of Peggy Glanville-Hicks, the partnership with the National Trust of Western Australia, and the critical financial support of, the Australia Council, Create NSW and APRA AMCOS.”

Applications close midnight 8 August 2022.

Visit the Prelude Music Program webpage for more information and to apply.

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