Barossa music community it’s time to give yourselves a pat on the back.

Congratulations to the talented Barossian choristers and musicians and acclaimed Australian composer and sound artist Julian Day for being nominated in this year’s prestigious 2020 Art Music Awards, for their collaborative work A Civic Space.

Hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the awards are an annual event which celebrates achievements in the fields of composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music.

Nominated in the category of Work of the Year: Choral, A Civic Space is one of very few regional works to be a finalist in these awards outside of the Regional Excellence Category.

A Civic Space was commissioned in 2019 by Country Arts SA in partnership with Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light & Adelaide Plains, and the Barossa Council.  The work premiered in the Barossa before a performance at the Adelaide Biennial earlier this year.

Country Arts SA CE Anthony Peluso said: “The Barossa has a rich German musical heritage that continues today alongside a thriving contemporary music scene.  A Civic Space brought together an ensemble of community musicians from local bands and choirs, with a world-class composer with over 20 years of producing new Australian art music.  We are very pleased to see this regional work nominated and congratulate everyone involved in bringing this brilliant immersive soundscape to the stage.”

Stay tuned to find out who wins! Find out more about the 2020 Art Music Awards here.

Image: Sue Baker by Sam Roberts