Two young Dunedin composers will have an opportunity to
hear their music played by New Zealand's best orchestral
musicians after being selected as finalists in the 2013 Todd
Corp Young Composers Award.
Alex Campbell-Hunt (25) and Corwin Newall (21) are among nine
finalists from around New Zealand selected to travel to
Wellington on November 24, to have their composition
workshopped, rehearsed and performed by the New Zealand
Symphony Orchestra and recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert.
The award, now in its ninth year, is open to composers aged
25 and under, and provides a unique opportunity for them to
be mentored by, and work with, esteemed New Zealand composers
and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
This year, participants will be mentored by New Zealand
composer and University of Otago composition senior lecturer
Associate Prof Anthony Ritchie, whose work is regularly
performed in New Zealand and abroad.
Prof Ritchie will also be on a judging panel with
established New Zealand musicians, including Kiwi conductor
Hamish McKeich and NZSO percussion section principal Lenny
Mr Newall's selection for the award is not his first.
The third-year University of Otago composition student has
been selected as a finalist almost every year since 2006, and
has already had many of his orchestral works recorded by the
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
For Mr Campbell-Hunt, this will be the second time he has
been selected as a finalist.
''It's a real privilege to have your music played and
recorded by such a highly regarded orchestra, and to meet
some of the performers,'' he said.
''It can be a scary and intimidating experience and I was
quite nervous the last time I attended, but it's a very
valuable experience as well,'' he said.
Mr Campbell-Hunt is a former University of Otago bachelor of
music honours graduate and has just completed a master's in
composition at the University of Edinburgh.
He is about to begin a PhD in composition in Edinburgh.
One of the nine finalists will be named the Todd Corp Young
Composer of the Year and awarded a cash prize of $750.