WAYNE NEILSON

 Composer - Orchestrator - Arranger 

Heyward Prize - 25 August 2019

 

 I am honoured and thrilled to receive the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's (TSO) inaugural Heyward Prize for Orchestral Composition, announced at the TSO's matinee concert yesterday.

 Photo credit: Graziano Di Martino 

Pictured L-R: Matthew Hindson, Wayne Neilson, Nicholas Heyward.

Seated: Musicians of the TSO

 Photo credit: Graziano Di Martino 

The Heyward Prize celebrates the immense contribution TSO Managing Director Nicholas Heyward has made to the furthering of Australian composition during his 17 years at the helm of the TSO. https://www.tso.com.au/heyward-prize/  

From the TSO's website: "The TSO is proud to honour Nicholas with the Heyward Prize. It is our hope that the impetus and excitement this opportunity generates may reflect the enthusiasm, optimism and love for all things Tasmanian that Nicholas shares with us all, every day."

The chosen work that I submitted "From Valley to Summit" will be recorded by the TSO and performed in a coming season by the TSO. 

I am grateful to the panel of composers who selected my work which was shortlisted in June this year, then in a closed rehearsal last week, it was workshopped with the Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey. I would also like to acknowledge the former Managing Director Nicholas 

Heyward,  for which this Prize is named and the musicians of the TSO who cast their vote in the prize winning process.

 

I am truly looking forward to hearing the piece live.

Official Media release from the TSO website:

https://www.tso.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/26.08.2019-Heyward-Prize-Winner-Announced.pdf

 Photo credit: Graziano Di Martino 

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