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Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2016

With adjudication by esteemed Australian composer, Dr Robert Davidson

Forest by Sue Needham
Inspiration work ‘Forest’ – Sue Needham

This competition was open to all Australians to submit a work for solo guitar based on the inspiration artwork Forest by Sue Needham. Thanks to many generous sponsors, the prizes are valued at over $3,000! This year the standard of all entries from right across Australia was very high and the variety of works & compositional techniques based on the inspirational artwork was great to see. Congratulations to all entrants for their incredible efforts and talent and best wishes for your musical futures!


First Place ($1000) & Emerging Composer U25 award ($250) sponsored by Matt Withers
James Mountain (Melbourne) – Between Tall Trees

Second Place ($500) sponsored by Canberra Classical Guitar Society
Kirsten Milenko (Sydney) – à l’aube

Third Place ($250) sponsored by Rick Falkiner Guitar Centre
Mitchell Newton (Blue Mountains) – Forest

The winning works will be performed at a special concert Music With A View at the National Arboretum, Canberra on Sunday November 13th at 1:30pm.

Ticket price includes afternoon tea and refreshments catered by Ginger Catering.

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The world premiere performance of Dr Robert Davidson’s new work will also be performed in this exciting concert. This new commission was made possible with the generous support of Bill McIntyre & Libby Hewson and Sydney’s Guitar Passion.

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Many thanks to the generous sponsors

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Private Donors

Bill McIntyre & Libby Hewson

A special thanks to all the generous sponsors who have donated their time, resources and made financial contributions towards the Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition.

If you would like to support the ongoing creation of new music and support Australian composers, please contact me: info@mattwithers.com.au

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Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural competition in 2014

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