Midsumma Presents: the Homophonic! Pride Prize

Midsumma Presents: the Homophonic! Pride Prize. The Composer Award

Midsumma’s Homophonic! Pride Prize

Homophonic! and Midsumma are thrilled to present the Homophonic! Pride Prize: The Composer Award. The Homophonic! Pride Prize acknowledges and celebrates the art and achievement of queer-identifying composers from across Australia.

Submissions for the 2023 Homophonic! Pride Prize has closed. Submissions for 2024 will open in Aug 2023. 

Since its inauguration in 2019 the Homophonic! Pride Prize has quickly established itself as an important award in the society of Australian Composers. With finalists selected from across the country, the 2023 winner received a commission of $2,500 to compose a work in collaboration with Ben Opie, and a premiere performance at the next Homophonic! in Midsumma Festival.


Ben Opie, Co-Artistic Director of Inventi Ensemble

Ben Opie, Co-Artistic Director of Inventi Ensemble, Artistic Director of The Peninsula Festival and general legend of the Australian new music community. 


Championing LGBTIQ+ composers, and bringing the disco ball to the concert hall!

Led by Artistic Director Miranda Hill, Homophonic! is a leading voice in queer classical music since 2011.
Through performance, regional touring, commissioning, the Homophonic! Pride Prize Composition Competition and the RESPECT project telling the stories of LGBTIQA+ elders in music.

For all enquires contact [email protected]

Homophonic! is a magically unique experience which produces nothing less than a musical utopia. It features all Australian composers and illuminates the diversity of the collective musical voice. It’s a yearly celebration of new music written by queer composers.

Miranda Hill brings classical chamber music into focus, telling our queer stories in a joyous and immersive manner. Celebrating queer lives while drawing artistic lineages through the generations. 


2023 Winner

James Rushford

James Rushford is an Australian composer-performer, whose work draws from concrète, improvised, avant-garde and collagist musical languages, staking out an idiosyncratic stylistic space that has been described as ‘electro-acoustic experimentation with a beating heart’ (Boomkat) and ‘haunted Jacobean ASMR’ (The Wire). Investigating the creases, cracks, and folds in traditions ranging from early music to new age, Rushford’s work subtly exaggerates seemingly liminal aspects such as atmosphere and the bodily presence of the performer until these take on a weight equal to musical elements such as pitch, rhythm and timbre. 

James has created original work for BBC Scottish Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Ensemble Neon (Oslo), Speak Percussion (Melbourne), Ensemble Vortex (Geneva), MONA FOMA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Norway Ultima Festival, Unsound Festival, Tectonics Festival, Send and Receive Festival (Winnipeg), Adelaide Festival and Liquid Architecture (Melbourne). As well as previous projects with Klaus Lang, Annea Lockwood, David Behrman, Tashi Wada, Haroon Mirza and Dennis Cooper, he works regularly with Golden Fur (his trio with Sam Dunscombe & Judith Hamann), Joe Talia, Ora Clementi (with crys cole), Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger, Anthony Pateras, Will Guthrie, Graham Lambkin and Francis Plagne.

His music has been published by a variety of international labels including Unseen Worlds (US), Pogus (US), Penultimate Press (UK), Another Timbre (UK), Holidays (IT), Black Truffle (AUS), KYE (US) and Shelter Press (Fr).

In 2017, James completed a Doctorate from the California Institute of the Arts.

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