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Announcing International Psalm Chant Competition

“Sing to the Lord a new song” will be possible thanks to a new psalm chant composition  competition which opens today.

The psalm chant competition has been established to foster creativity and connections across the globe and give musicians new music. The competition is being offered by Panglobal Representatives for Inclusivity in Sacred Music or PRISM, a networking and support group for members of the Rainbow community and their allies who work or practise their art in the sacred music space.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for music composers to let their composition skills and creativity shine through an original composition of an Anglican psalm chant to be sung in the context of a church service,” says Vincent Fung, Acting Director-General of PRISM.

The competition is open until Sunday 28 July. First prize is £250 and runner-up £100. The composition will then be made available in the public domain for choirs around the world to sing.  Look here for competition details.

The psalm chant should be 14 bars in length, a typical double Anglican psalm chant. It should be scored for unaccompanied SATB voices, and be original and composed in 2024.

“Psalms have been written since the early times and have had many forms over the centuries - as chants, plain song, hymn tunes and anthems.   A chant is most common in Anglican and Episcopalian churches and offers wonderful variety in tunes and harmonies,” says Vincent.

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