Matthew Schellhorn founds new prize for Sacred Music composition

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Matthew Schellhorn has founded a new prize for composers up to the age of 26 focussing on Sacred Music.

The Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition will be awarded in 2015 to a composer aged 26 or under who composes an original motet. The winner will receive £500 and a professional performance at St Mary Moorfields Catholic Church in the City of London.

The Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition is supported by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society, said: "I am delighted that the Latin Mass Society should be supporting this initiative, which demonstrates that the tradition of sacred music is alive, and continues to serve the Church's ancient liturgy."

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Interview in The Catholic Herald

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Matthew Schellhorn is interviewed in The Catholic Herald this week.

Editor Luke Coppen asks a series of question about care, bereavement and assisted suicide.

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Matthew Schellhorn lobbies against the Assisted Dying Bill

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Ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords tomorrow, Matthew Schellhorn has written an article giving the reasons why he opposes the Assisted Dying Bill.

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World Premiere at the Harwich Festival

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Matthew Schellhorn returns to the Harwich Festival this week, premiering a new work by British composer Toby Young with soprano Susanna Fairbairn.

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Pretty Stories (and Funny Pictures) is a cycle of five songs for soprano and piano commissioned by the Harwich Festival for this performance, .

The concert, on Friday 4th July, also sees a performance of Colin Riley's A Stranger Called This Morning, and works by Poulenc and Ravel.

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Late stand-in for Turangalîla-Symphonie

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Matthew Schellhorn recently stood in at 48 hours' notice for a performance of Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie by the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra.

The concert took place on 20 June in Birmingham Town Hall under the baton of renowned French conductor Pierre-André Valade.

The Birmingham Post gave the concert 5 stars, praising Matthew Schellhorn's 'poised and piquant' playing in the virtuosic solo part.

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