Stephen Oliver Award

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When the composer Stephen Oliver died in 1992, he left the bulk of his estate in trust to provide funds to help young composers of opera and small scale opera companies, a continuation of the support that Stephen had given during his lifetime – many chamber opera performances would simply not have happened without his support. The primary aims of the Stephen Oliver Trust were to encourage the creation, promotion and performance of contemporary opera, and to encourage young people working in contemporary opera.  In 2006, the capital funds of the Stephen Oliver Trust were incorporated within the Countess of Munster Musical Trust: the Stephen Oliver Award (£3,000) is now awarded every other year to a young composer who has written a work for music theatre to assist with the cost of bringing that work to performance.

Application Procedure:

  • The Award is made biennially – the next Award will be made in 2017.
  • The Award will be made to assist with the cost of bringing to performance a work which has been, or is in the process of being, written for music theatre.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate that a performance is in prospect.
  • There is no set application form.  The applicant should submit a copy of the score and libretto to which the application relates (and recordings if available) together with other examples of the applicant’s work.
  • In addition, the applicant should provide detailed estimates of costings for bringing the work to production, together with an account of progress made in accessing other sources of funding and possible realisation dates.
  • Applications will be accepted from January 2017.  The closing date for applications is 30th April 2017.

If you are interested in applying, please contact the Secretarysecretary@munstertrust.org.uk

If you would like further information about Stephen’s life and work, please go to: www.stephenoliver.org

Stephen Oliver Awards

2007

Tête à Tête (Blind Date)

Blind Date premiered on 12 November 2007 at Riverside Studios where it ran for five performances before being toured to Birmingham, Newbury, Cambridge, Manchester and Bath.

www.tete-a-tete.org.uk

2009

Joanna LEE (Krazy Kat)

08/2010 – Tête á Tête & CHROMA.
Libretto: Howard Skempton. Singers: Sarah Leonard, Alison Wells, Joe Shovelton, Omar Ebrahim.
Director: Bill Bankes-Jones, Conductor: Tim Murray, Designer: Fabrice Serafino, Stage Manager: Sarah Tryfan.
Tête á Tête Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, London.
Krazy Kat winner of the Stephen Oliver Award. Project funded by the Stephen Oliver Award & The Leche Trust.

www.joannalee.co.uk

2011

Laura BOWLER (The Sandman)

To help with the development and production of her new chamber opera “The Sandman” – based on E. T. A. Hoffman’s The Sandman with librettist Lavinia Murray and the support of ROH2.

www.laurajbowler.co.uk

2013

Luke STYLES (Unborn in America)

To help with the costs of the 2014 UK Tour of his opera “Unborn in America” which will be performed by Opera Up Close.

www.lukestyles.com

2015

Laura BOWLER (Early Morning)

To support the commission and workshop  funds for the writing of a new Opera –  “A savagely surreal and satirical opera” by Edward Bond & Laura Bowler to be co-produced by Size Zero Opera and Arcola Theatre and performed in August 2017.

www.laurajbowler.co.uk