The 2020 Walter Hussey Composition Competition is now officially open and the first entries have been received, so if you are a budding composer aged 16-24 get your entries in by 30th June, or if you know someone who would be interested – tell them about it!

Further exciting news is that this weekend Reading Phoenix Choir will be recording three of the pieces from the inaugural 2018 Walter Hussey Composition Competition.  These recordings will be available later in the year on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all your favourite channels, as are Reading Phoenix Choir’s previous recordings of works such as Fyer, Fyer! by Thomas Morley and Anders Edenroth’s Chili Con Carne.

The three pieces from the 2018 Walter Hussey Composition Competition being recorded are Golden Day by Gerson Batista, Gold Leaves by Ethan McGrath and Gold and Spices by Alison Willis.

The winning entry Golden Day by Portuguese composer Gerson Batista, the premiere of which won Reading Phoenix Choir Performance of the Year at the Reading Cultural Awards in 2019, has been published by Scherzo editions and is available at

The beautiful Gold Leaves by Ethan McGrath is lovely addition to the choral repertoire and has already been sung by other choirs since its premiere by Reading Phoenix Choir last March.  For those aficionados of learning new choral works it is now available on JohnF’s Rehearsal Files at

The third piece from the 2018 Walter Hussey Composition Competition being recorded is Alison Willis’ setting of the words of Christina Rossetti Gold and Spices which was premiered by Reading Phoenix Choir at their annual carol concert in December at Reading Minster.

If anyone is interested in performing any of these works, or has any other questions about the Walter Hussey Composition Competition then please contact us at