Francesco Siciliani Award



Fifth edition, 2021

The “Francesco Siciliani” Award started in 2012, following the suggestion of H. Em. Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture. After the success of the first four editions, which took place every two years starting from 2012 with over 650 scores arrived from all over the world, the fifth edition of the International Composition Competition for a work of sacred music is kicking off «Francesco Sicilians ». The initiative was born from the collaboration between the Perugia Musica Classica Onlus Foundation, the Umbrian Music Festival and the aforementioned Pontifical Council for Culture.

The theme of the Competition is a composition for choir, with or without organ, on a compulsory text, lasting between five (5) and fifteen (15) minutes. For the 2020 edition, forcibly postponed to 2021, the candidate must use the entire text of the Sanctus . The competition is open to composers of any nationality and without age limits. The deadline of the call is extended to March 31, 2021. According to the custom of the Competition, the scores, as well as being sent according to the procedures set out in the announcement [aggiungere link al bando], from December 2019 they can also be uploaded directly to the Perugia Musica Classica Foundation website following a procedure specifically developed to encourage the widest participation and the reduction of shipping costs.

The Jury will be chaired by the composer Giorgio Battistelli is formed from Gary Graden (director of the S: t Jacobs Chamber Choir), Paweł Łukaszewski (composer and director of the Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir Sacred Music), Lorenzo Donati (composer and choir director of the Siena Cathedral “Guido Chigi Saracini”) e Marcello Philotei (composer, music critic of L’Osservatore Romano and Artistic Secretary of the competition).

The three compositions admitted to the Final will be performed by the Choir of the Siena Cathedral “Guido Chigi Saracini” directed by Lorenzo Donati.

In consideration of the protracted emergency due to the epidemic of the Covid-19 virus, the Perugia Musica Classica Onlus Foundation has deemed it appropriate to further postpone the fifth edition of the Competition, pending the full resumption of concert activities.

It is the wish of the Foundation to be able to return to normality as soon as possible, hoping to reschedule the final event of the Competition by September 2021 during the next Umbrian Music Festival.