TSO honours departing Managing Director with Heyward Prize

Applications now open for new orchestral composition competition for Tasmanian composers.


TSO honours departing Managing Director with Heyward Prize

The TSO has announcesd a new composition competition, honouring TSO Managing Director Nicholas Heyward who stands down at the end of 2018. The Heyward Prize will celebrate the immense contribution Mr Heyward has made to furthering Australian composition during his 17-year tenure at the helm of the TSO.

The competition, now open for entries and closing on 1 April 2019, is open to composers of any age who are Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents, currently residing in Tasmania and have been a resident of Tasmania for at least one full year, from 26 May, 2017. Up to three works may be selected for a closed reading rehearsal by the TSO to take place between August and October, 2019 and the winner will be selected by the musicians of the TSO through a confidential voting process

The winning work will be announced late 2019 by Dr Maria Grenfell, Head, UTAS Conservatorium of Music, School of Creative Art and be programmed for performance by the TSO within 3 years of announcement. The winning composer will receive a professional quality recording by the TSO as well as a cash prize of AUD$3000.

Under Mr Heyward’s leadership, a commitment to Australian music has become one of the defining characteristics and strategic pillars of the TSO through the Australian Music Program - which ensures the inclusion of Australian music in every TSO Masters Series - and the establishment of the internationally recognised Australian Composer Series which includes 21 recordings on ABC Classics, theHush project and recordings on UK based Hyperion records.

The TSO’s Jenny Compton said, ‘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.’

TSO Board Chair Dr David Rich earlier this year said of Mr Heyward, ‘During his tenure as Managing Director, Nicholas has realised a vision for the TSO which has positioned the orchestra as central to the cultural life of Tasmania.’

More information about the Heyward Prize, including guidelines and entry form, can be found at: