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The 2020 Walter Hussey Composition Competition is for composers aged between 16–24.

With a 1st prize of £500 and a 2nd prize of £200, a line-up of top judges from the choral and composition world and no entry fee, the Walter Hussey Composition Competition is one of the current leading choral composition competitions.

Entry for the 2020 competition closes on 30 June 2020. The winner is expected to be chosen by December 2020 and the winning piece will receive its world premiere in March 2021.

The competition is named in honour of Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral from 1955 to 1977, who commissioned many choral works throughout his lifetime.  The competition is being promoted by Reading Phoenix Choir and having celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2019, the theme for the competition is both encouraging the musicians of the future and looking forwards, and is therefore ‘New Horizons’.

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