The European Award for Choral Composers is the continuation of the “Golden Tuning Fork” Award, organised by AGEC over many years, and was first organised by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat in 2011/2012 (see below). The aim of the award is to discover unknown or less known choral works from different European countries, already published and/or performed or written for the occasion, that are good and interesting and can be performed by a good average choir, not just by a top-level choir.
The second edition of the European Award for Choral Composers was organised in 2014, with the winning compositions being performed in the Festival EUROPA CANTAT XIX in 2015.
On September 18th 2014 the Jury of the European Award for Choral Composers chose the winning compositions of the 2014/5 edition. 39 compositions from 31 composers were submitted to the competition by 11 member organisations in 9 European countries, with 26 compositions in category A (a cappella), 11 in category B (with instruments) and 2 in category C (vocal jazz). The detailed regulations for this edition can be found >> here.
In category A the jury chose one winning composition, the “Missa Brevis” (2013) for mixed choir, composed by Hans Helsen (BE * 1989), submitted by the Flemish association Koor&Stem -> see excerpts of score published by Euprint >> here
In category B the Jury chose no winner
but decided on a “special mention”
2. “Diptychon” (2011) for female choir and violin,
composed by Henrik Colding-Jorgensen (DK * 1944),
European Award for Choral Composers 2012 - Results:
Jury selects 3 winners from choral compositions submitted from all over Europe / Two special mentions also awarded
On April 16th 2012 the Jury of the European Award for Choral Composers selected the winning compositions of the European Award for Choral Composers 2012 of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat. 38 compositions from 11 countries were submitted to the competition. Three compositions by Pierre Chépélov (FR), Levente Gyöngyösi (HU) and Maarten Van Ingelgem (BE) were chosen as winners. Two further compositions by Pärt Uusberg (EE) and Uršula Jašovec (SI) received a special mention. You will find further information and details on the winning scores and the composers in the official Press Release >>in English. in >> French and in >> German.
Details on the winning compositions of the European Award for Choral Composers 2012 (excerpts from scores, recordings, contact to composers, dates of performances) >> here
You will find the historical overview on the "Golden Tuning Fork" awarded by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Europäischer Chorverbände - AGEC until 2010 >> here