2017 Call for Scores Winner
The New England Philharmonic (NEP) has selected Lachlan Skipworth’s “Spiritus,” (2017) winner of their 32nd annual Call for Scores. The composition will receive its US premiere by the NEP under the direction of Richard Pittman during the 2018-19 season. The NEP began an annual Call for Scores in 1985 to showcase a contemporary classical music composition by an emerging composer. This year’s Call for Scores received 104 entries from 17 countries.
The music of Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth has been described as featuring “bold, innovative textures, and compelling melody”. His individual and highly personal compositional language is coloured by three years spent in Japan, where his immersion in the study of the shakuhachi bamboo flute inevitably became a part of his muse. He has recently been awarded the coveted Paul Lowin prize for orchestral composition for his Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (2014), which was premiered by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra with whom he is currently composer-in-residence.