Matthew Schellhorn writes on sacred music for The Catholic Herald

Matthew Schellhorn has written about sacred music for The Catholic Herald.

Catholic Herald

In the article, he expresses his hope that the Catholic Church can continue to attract quality new music: 'I like to imagine that the Church has a future once more as patron of musical art.'

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Winner of the Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition announced

The winner of the 2015 inaugural Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition has been announced.

Marco Galvani

Young composer Marco Galvani wins a £500 prize and a world premiere during the Holy Week services at St Mary Moorfields Catholic Church in the City of London.

Marco, 20, from Prenton on the Wirral, is a second-year Music student at The Queen’s College, Oxford. His piece
Ecce Quam Bonum, a short setting of the first verses of Psalm 133, will be performed on Holy Saturday.

Marco said: ‘Winning this prize means an awful lot to me. I put a lot into the piece, I pushed myself more than I had before and tried out more complex ideas.

‘I have been singing choral music for as long as I can remember, and it’s an amazing feeling to win a prize for a choral piece that I have composed myself. I’m very excited about having my piece performed in London.’

Classical pianist Matthew Schellhorn founded the prize in 2014 to foster artistic endeavor and encourage excellence in the Sacred Liturgy. Matthew said: ‘The competition is aimed at 18 to 26 year olds, which is the age when musicians need financial help and encouragement and some kind of infrastructure. It is hoped the prize will provide an incentive and build up a working relationship.’

‘I was delighted to work with four leading practicing musicians in order to recommend a winner. Judging was a tough call because many of the entries displayed a high degree of compositional merit and sensitivity. Marco’s piece was outstanding, and further it is performable by a small group making it adaptable in the real world.

In addition, the Trustees have given an honourable mention to the following: Robert Busiakiewitz for
Kyrie, Barnaby Martin for Gloria, Thomas Neal for Pange lingua.

Matthew added: ‘Encouraging people to write liturgical music helps to raise the standard of contemporary music in Catholic churches. Currently lots of brilliant liturgical music is commissioned but is performed in concert and not in the Sacred Liturgy. This prize helps re-establish the link between liturgical music and the Church.’

The Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition is supported by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. Chairman Joseph Shaw said: ‘I am delighted that the Latin Mass Society has taken part in this important initiative of the Schellhorn Trust to encourage young composers to tackle liturgical music. I congratulate Marco for his winning piece, which will be a worthy part of our Holy Week services in St Mary Moorfields, London, this year.’

New review for Stations

Online review site MusicWeb International has published a new review for Matthew Schellhorn's latest solo disc, Ian Wilson: Stations.

MusicWeb International

Hubert Culot writes: "Matthew Schellhorn's committed approach is aided by his unfailing technique to bring out the best of this extraordinary construction. His beautifully shaped performance is also well served by an excellent recording allowing for a natural piano sound that never sounds aggressive even in the more forceful moments. … Ian Wilson's Stations is a major addition to the piano repertoire of the twenty-first century."

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Matthew Schellhorn admitted as Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians

Matthew Schellhorn has been admitted as Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Worshipful Company of Musicians

The ceremony took place at Cutlers Hall in the City of London, before the Master of the Company, Miss Kathleen Duncan, OBE, in the presence of his proposer Mr Andrew Morris, Senior Warden.

Matthew made the required oath "do all such things as may further the art or science of music" and at the conclusion of the ceremony, the Master said: “By your solemn and sincere Declaration just made you have promised loyalty to the Musicians Company and to do all such things as may further the art or science of music to which this Company is dedicated. I now have pleasure in welcoming you as a Freeman of our Company in token of which I offer you the right hand of Fellowship.”

As the only City of London Livery Company dedicated to the performing arts, the Worshipful Company of Musicians nurtures talent and shares music through outreach and live events, also working with conservatoires, music colleges, universities and other organisations in helping musicians achieve their potential.

Speaking afterwards, Matthew said: "I am pleased both to affiliate with an historic body of like-minded musicians and also to contribute to its activities. I am aware of the huge amount of good that the Company does, and I am proud to be part of a body capable of having an influence in the music world and in music education debates."

Pictures from the ceremony follow.


Forthcoming performances at the Southbank Centre

Matthew Schellhorn returns to the Park Lane Group to perform twice at the Southbank Centre in January 2015.

Southbank Centre

Joining soprano Susanna Fairbairn he will perform works by renowned composers Robert Saxton and Joseph Horovitz during two "in conversation" events with Thomas Hyde and Piers Burton-Page.

The two events are as follows:

Monday 5 Jan 2015 6.15pm: Purcell Room
In conversation: Robert Saxton with Thomas Hyde
Robert Saxton: Brise Marine for soprano & piano
Robert Saxton: The beach in winter (Scratby) for baritone & piano
Robert Saxton: Piano Sonata (in memoriam Béla Bartók)
Susanna Fairbairn (soprano)
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)
Imma Setiadi (solo piano)

Tuesday 6 Jan 2015 6.15pm: Purcell Room
In conversation: Joseph Horovitz with Piers Burton-Page
Joseph Horovitz: Lady Macbeth for mezzo-soprano & piano
Joseph Horovitz: Zum 11 Maerz (For 11th March) for mezzo-soprano & piano
Joseph Horovitz: [with Michael Flanders]: Foie gras
Joseph Horovitz: Sonatina for clarinet & piano
Susanna Fairbairn (soprano)
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)
Christopher Stripp (clarinet)
Lucy Colquhoun (piano)

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