Presentation of Bishop's Prize for Music

03 October 2018
17:30 - 18:30
Bishop's prize for music news
The Bishop of Norwich presents his annual prize for music, as part of our service of Choral Evensong.

School children from across the Diocese were invited to compose choral works in three categories - junior, intermediate and senior, setting to music a short text from a selection prescribed by Bishop Graham.

The purpose of the Bishop’s Prize for Music is to help young composers find an engagement with the relationship between the Christian Gospel and music in worship.

By way of explanation of his choices, Bishop Graham writes: “There is an expectation in both the Old Testament passages of a new Teacher emerging to guide the people of God. In Proverbs we are warned not to trust in our own wisdom, something picked up by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians where he speaks about God’s wisdom “secret and hidden” that is revealed in Christ.

Finally, part of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel illustrates the radical nature of Christ’s teaching, reversing the wisdom of the world and telling us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. The texts possess both drama and surprise and I hope they will be fertile ground for musical composition.”

The prizes will be presented on Wednesday 3rd October during Choral Evensong, and it is hoped that the Cathedral Choir will perform the winning entry.