New Music Prize

2020-21 edition in partnership with Washington National Cathedral and Walton Musicgenerously supported by The King’s Singers Global Foundation & Ronald C. Gunnell


Throughout history, music has provided hope and healing at some of our societies’ most challenging times. Last year, we launched The King’s Singers New Music Prize (2020-21) to recognize, develop, and encourage creativity in today’s world – in the hope of leaving it a musically richer place than we found it. The New Music Prize was open to residents of the U.S.A. and Canada, and attracted 350 submissions across four categories. In included a series of free digital masterclasses, and a panel of eight world-renowned judges, and in January 2021 we revealed the names of of our winning and commended composers and their compositions.

To honour the imagination and skill of our four category winners, we partnered with publisher Walton Music, who are publishing all the winning entries, as well as awarding them each a $1,500 prize. Their winning compositions were premiered in a celebratory online gala concert in February, featuring The King’s Singers and Washington National Cathedral’s chamber choir, Cathedra. 

The New Music Prize has been generously supported by Ronald C. Gunnell and The King’s Singers Global Foundation, and forms part of the Foundation’s vision for #FindingHarmony.


The 4 winners of New Music Prize (2020-21)  are:





Find out about them and the other commended composers:






Read more about The King’s Singers Global Foundation and its other projects here.


The King’s Singers performing Geert D’hollander’s winning composition

Cathedra, directed by Michael McCarthy, performing Parker Kitterman’s winning composition


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