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Lyons Celebration Award

This annual award was set up in memory of Jack Lyons by his widow, Lady Roslyn Lyons. The award recognises Jack's unfailing support for creative musicians, and is intended to allow the recipient to undertake a significant creative musical project, culminating in a public musical performance. The value of the award is £1,500. 

One of Jack's most cherished pieces was Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. This competition asks applicants to outline an innovative project that is in some way inspired by that work. For example, a composer might propose a new setting of these or other psalms, or a work that uses related Hebrew texts. A performer might propose a programme of psalm settings, or pieces which relate in some way to the Bernstein work.  Other connections may be explored.

Applicants should outline their plan on a single side of A4 paper. The plan should be realistic and include relevant practical details, bearing in mind that the performance will be hosted by the University Concert Series, usually as part of the Sir Jack Lyons Concert in June, and that there will not be a budget for importing professional players or for other production costs. It should be possible to realise the project with the resources of the Department of Music.

Plans should be submitted to the Department Manager, Catherine Duncan ( by Monday 31 August 2020. The successful applicant will then be invited to enter into detailed discussion with the Chair of Concerts Committee regarding practicalities of performance.

Informal enquiries should be address to Dr Martin Suckling (