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Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music

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Number Offered1
Closing Date1 July                     


This prize was founded in the year 1943 in memory of the late Philip Foster Neill, by his sister, who in that year settled the sum of £1,000 with the Trustees, Executors and Agency Co. Ltd., with instructions to pay the annual income to the Council. The late Mr Philip Neill was a medical student of the University of Otago, who died in 1943.

Applicants must:

  • be a past or present student of a university in New Zealand
  • submit an original and unaided work in a form of structure prescribed by examiners, along with a midi recording of the work.

An excercise which has been submitted for the degree of Bachelor of Music or a composition which has already been published in written or recorded form, including public broadcast, will not be accepted. 

2020 topic and requirements:

Topic: Compose a work for mezzo soprano, violin and piano using any text or texts.

  • You may substitute piano with electronic backing track or live electronics.
  • The work may be divided into more than one song, or may be a continuous piece.
  •  The work should be between 10 - 15 minutes in duration.
  • The work should be written for professional musicians but must not be unreasonably difficult technically.
  • You must submit a full (physical) score as well as a MIDI recording of the work.

    Please note: these requirements should be read in conjunction with the Prize Regulations which are included with the application information available for download below.

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