Matthew Schellhorn


Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition
The Trustees of the Schellhorn Trust are pleased to announce the 2015 inaugural Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition competition.

The Prize was founded in 2014 by Matthew Schellhorn in memory of his parents. It is intended that the Prize will foster artistic endeavour and encourage excellence in the Sacred Liturgy, having in mind that the Church "unceasingly encourages and favours the progress of the arts, admitting for religious use all the good and the beautiful that the mind of man has discovered over the course of the centuries, but always respecting the liturgical laws" (Pope Saint Pius X, Motu proprio Tra le sollecutidini, 22 November 1903).

The Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition is supported by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales.

What does the prize offer?

One £500 prize will be awarded.

The winner will also have his or her composition performed by a professional choir in the context of the Sacred Liturgy of the Catholic Church according to the Missal promulgated by Pope Saint John XXIII in 1962. In 2015, the composition will be performed during the Sacred Triduum at St Mary Moorfields Catholic Church in the City of London.

Who is it open to?

Composers aged 26 or under on the closing date, regardless of nationality, who are studying, or have studied at any conservatoire or university in England or Wales.

What are the entrance requirements?

A piece for a cappella SATB choir using any Latin Eucharistic text must be submitted with the completed application form. The piece should be no longer than 5 minutes long and should not have received its premiere. The piece should be accompanied by a copy of the text and a summary in no more than 200 words of the work's artistic rationale. Proof of age and a letter from your place of study are also required.

How can I apply?

Download an application form from

Applications must be made on the official form, which will be available to download from 1st October in the year prior to the award of the Prize. A fee of £15 is payable. Entrance fee is waived to Latin Mass Society members.

When is the next closing date?

Ash Wednesday in the year of the Prize. In 2015, that is, 18th February at 5pm.
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