Congratulations to Douglas Price, composer of the winning composition, Laughter & Light
The requirement of this year’s NewWorks competition was that submissions relate to the idea of new home, suitable for inclusion as part of our season 18/19 theme of “resettlement”.
Laughter and Light by Douglas Price was selected as this year’s winner and reflects the perspective of a refugee arriving on a new shore. Jurors praised how its “harmonic and rhythmic language fit beautifully with the text”.
Originally from London, Ontario, Douglas is currently the inaugural Head of Music at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montréal. His most current composition project is a piece of musical theatre based on the true story of ‘Kitsault’, the most well-preserved ghost town in the world, located in the mountains of northern British Columbia.
Director Leonard Enns calls Laughter & Light (with text written by its composer) “a lovely musical “essay” that expands on the question lying at the heart of its text, “will this be where I call home?”…the music is questioning, yet hopeful, beginning as though tentatively testing a new ground to see if it will hold, and progressing gently but engagingly to a final and fresh harmonic universe, to a grateful arrival “Here in this new land. A new life, with laughter and light.”
DaCapo will premiere Laughter & Light at our May 2019 concert, with Douglas joining us for the concert.
For more information about Douglas and his winning composition, please visit our web site!
In Waterloo, awards will be presented to youth who have made a significant contribution to the choral art in their community. In Waterloo, awards will be presented to youth who have made a significant contribution to the choral art in their community.