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Music maestro wins prestigious composition award

7 October 2015

Jeremy Mayall

Composition graduate, Jeremy Mayall, is the recipient of the 2015 Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music at the University of Otago.

University of Waikato Music graduate, Jeremy Mayall, has won the 2015 Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music at the University of Otago.

The prize was founded in 1943 and is awarded annually for an original composition by a current or past student of a New Zealand university.

Mayall – a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar - recently completed his PhD in Composition at Waikato and is the current Mozart Fellow (Composer in Residence) at Otago University. He received the Philip Neill Memorial Prize for his new work Frosted Air Suite for flute and electronics.

The piece is in three movements and is a sonic reflection on the natural world of New Zealand/ Aotearoa in winter.

"Rich with the sound of birds and flowing water, the stark cold of winter can at times both amplify and subdue the sounds around us. The electronic part consists of synthetic sound, field recordings made around the Otago peninsula, and recordings of taonga puoro played by Alistair Fraser," says Mayall.  

"I am very pleased to have been awarded this prize. It is a real honour to be listed among previous winners like Douglas Lilburn, Eve de Castro Robinson, John Elmsly and Jack Body," he says.

The piece will be premiered in Dunedin this November.


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