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Passion for piece

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SYDNEY: A rhythmic and rousing piece for 320 young voices by composer Lisa Young has been named choral work of the year at the 2021 Art Music Awards.

Titled Sacred Stepping Stones, the commission­ed work received its world premiere in January 2020 at Gondwana Choirs’ Festival of Summer Voices in Sydney, where Young conducted a performanc­e for massed choir.

It was among a raft of winners at the annual awards yesterday.

Young said the fiveminute piece was written as a response to the challenges of climate change.

‘‘I was trying to write on a topic I felt passionate about and I knew those young people in the choir would feel passionate about it too,’’ the Melbourne composer said.

Thanks to the vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic that has seen choral activities deemed a high risk to public health, Young’s winning work has only been performed once in Australia since that premiere.

A week before Sydney went into its current lockdown, Sydney Children’s Choir included it in a concert at the Sydney

Conservato­rium of Music.

It’s a different story in Spain, where Leioa Kantika Korala has performed the piece in eight churches and concert halls across the country this year.

Presented by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the annual awards celebrate excellence by composers, performers and educators in contempora­ry classical, jazz, improvisat­ion, sound art and experiment­al music.

This year, 11 women, six men and six organisati­ons were recognised.

APRA AMCOS chief executive Dean Ormston and chair of the Australian Music Centre’s board of directors Marshall McGuire said the organisati­ons were ‘‘proud to celebrate the ingenuity and dedication of this year’s finalists at a time of change and disruption — and in some ways also a time of opportunit­y — in the performing arts landscape’’.

‘‘We remain committed to advocating on behalf of music creators, organisati­ons and arts workers,’’ he said.

‘‘We look forward to acknowledg­ing your incredible work in person in 2022.’’

 ?? Picture: AAP/Julian Smith ?? Winner: Opera singer Deborah Kayser was named the Luminary individual winner.
Picture: AAP/Julian Smith Winner: Opera singer Deborah Kayser was named the Luminary individual winner.

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