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APRA/AMCOS awards finalist


Today we welcomed the exciting news that Dan Walker's Mass of Deliverance, commissioned by Leichhardt Espresso Chorus in 2014, is a finalist in the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards for Choral Work of the Year.

This work premiered on the 12th of October 2014 at St James Church, Sydney, to a sell out audience.  It was performed by Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and Sydney Brass, and was conducted by Michelle Leonard.

As an experienced choral composer, the commission by Michelle Leonard for this Mass came at the right time for Dan Walker, who wrote it in a very, very short and intense period of time, setting the text and orchestrating it in just over ten days. As a tenor himself, Dan wanted to create his own setting for a Mass.  However, he also had to work within certain parameters of both interpretation and instrumentation for this commission, as the piece had to sit alongside a performance of another Mass, John Rutter’s Gloria. In creating a work of such intense beauty and power, Dan joined a legacy of composers who write works for a specific occasion. 

The commission gave Dan at his disposal a community choir, SATB (the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus), an SATB semi chorus (Ristretto) and a brass ensemble (Sydney Brass, led by Paul Goodchild).

The success of the piece is evidenced by Roland Peelman’s Song Company choosing the Sanctus for their 30th anniversary concert in September 2014, and the entire piece performed by St James Choir and Australian Baroque Brass under Warren Trevallen-Jones in the Orchestral Mass Australia Day Sunday service at St James Church, 25 January.

Dan's work is up against notable Australian composers including Iain Grandage, Stephen Adams and Joseph Twist.  We wish Dan a big congratulations and are crossing our fingers for him!   Awards will be announced on August 11th at the Sydney Recital Centre.

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