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"The Advertiser" John Bishop Memorial Fund


In 1966, Advertiser Newspapers Limited gave to the University of Adelaide the sum of $10,000 to fund a continuing memorial to the late Professor John Bishop, Elder Professor of Music from 1948 until his death in 1964 and first Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

With the income from the fund the University will commission, every second year, a substantial original musical composition which is offered for performance at a John Bishop Memorial Concert at the ensuing Festival of Arts.  If for any reason the work should not be performed during the Festival, the University will arrange a concert at which it will be performed.

Rules of the fund

The following rules are hereby made:

  1. Once every 3 years a work is commissioned from an established Australian composer or an emerging Australian composer for the purpose of composing a major work for an ensemble or orchestra or chorus or combination, to be chosen by the Elder Conservatorium for the purpose of the commission.
  2. If possible, the work should be performed as part of the following year's Adelaide Festival of Arts.

These rules may be varied from time to time but the title and the purpose of the fund shall not be changed.

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