In 2022, the Centenary year of his birth, the Peter Tranchell Foundation held a composition competition for organ, inviting composers to take their inspiration from Tranchell's Sonata for Organ, musical encodings of his name, the Tu Es Petrus melody, and any aspect of Tranchell's life and music. The competition resulted in eight short-listed submissions all of which impressed the Judging Panel, with three prizes awarded. The winning composition, 'Five Portraits of Peter' by Sarah Cattley, and the second-placed work, 'Partita Petrus' by Robert Fielding, were performed by Kevin Bowyer at the Peter Tranchell Centenary Concert on 26 November 2022. Many of those present commented on the quality of the winning entries and on the success of the competition in promoting appreciation of Peter Tranchell’s work and supporting contemporary composers.
Following this success, we have committed to awarding a Peter Tranchell Foundation Composition Prize in 2023, and annually thereafter for the next four to five years (after which we will review progress and review options for the future). This initiative is being made possible by donations to the Foundation. We are asking supporters to commit to regular payments (either monthly or annually) for this period, though there is no legal commitment to continue for any set period and we recognise that plans and commitments may change. For those who do not wish to commit to regular payments, one-off donations are also very welcome. Find out how to subscribe and donate here.
Those committing to monthly or annual subscriptions will be recognised as follows (please note that these thresholds are pre-GiftAid which the Foundation will claim from HMRC if you are UK taxpayer and complete the relevant form - see instructions at the payment stage):
- Platinum Subscribers £500 or more per annum (paid annually or monthly)
- Gold Subscribers £250 - £499 per annum (paid annually or monthly)
- Silver Subscribers £100 - £249 per annum (paid annually or monthly)
- Supporters £1 - £99 per annum (paid annually or monthly)
We are enormously grateful to all those who have already committed to making regular donations to support the Prize, and we would welcome further help. Unless they ask to remain anonymous, all Subscribers will be recognised on the website and in programmes for events associated with the Prize.
Find out more about the 2023 competition here.