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The Stephen Oliver Website - Stephen Oliver TrustWhat is The Stephen Oliver Trust?

When Stephen Oliver died, he left the bulk of his estate in Trust to provide funds to help young composers of opera and small scale opera companies. He was already doing this in his lifetime and many chamber opera performances would simply not have happened without his support. With his own composing, Stephen had a gift for writing the piece d'occasion, even ready to compose a full-scale opera on a given subject. He did not subscribe to the reverential vision of art for art's sake and saw himself as a craftsman - as indeed did most composers before the arrival of Wagner. Thus, Stephen’s work ranged from the opera Timon of Athens, to the RSC's award-winning Nicholas Nickleby and the West End musical Blondel.
At the time of the foundation of the Trust in March 1993, its funds were supplemented by a number of generous donations and covenants.

The primary aims of the Trust are:

to encourage the creation, promotion and performance of contemporary opera,
to encourage young people working in contemporary opera.

The trustees are composer Jonathan Dove, conductor Jane Glover CBE, designer and director Adam Pollock and the Chief Executive of Norwich Theatre Royal, Peter Wilson MBE.

In 2006, the trustees decided to incorporate the capital funds within the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and details of how young composers can continue to apply for awards can be found on: www.munstertrust.org.uk/stephen_oliver_award.htm
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The Stephen Oliver WebsiteIt was a desire to keep alive Stephen's particular approach to composition that led to the foundation of The Stephen Oliver Prize. The prize was a biennial award of ten thousand pounds sterling, given to a young composer for a new work of comic opera. The inaugural 1994 Prize was launched with a special concert of Stephen's symphony and cantata The Vessel, conducted by Jane Glover at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in June 1993 and recorded for later broadcast. The text for the first Prize Competition was entitled Travellers and was provided by A.N.Wilson, the novelist with whom Stephen collaborated on the masque Britannia Preserved. This first prize, awarded in 1994, was won by David Horne. The second Oliver Prize in January 1996 was to a text set by David Edgar, The Bridge. It was judged by a panel including the distinguished composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle, together along with the four trustees. The prize winner was Tim Benjamin from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). The runner-up was Laurence Kubiak. During 1997/98 the Trust then worked with both the Royal Northern College of Music and the 1998 BOC Covent Garden Festival to achieve performances of the winning operas of the two competitions. In March 1998, RNCM in Manchester performed the world premiere of Tim Benjamin's winning opera The Bridge, partially supported by the Trust. In June 1998 two professional performances of both Travellers and The Bridge were presented in London as part of the 1998 Covent Garden, Festival, supported by the Trust.

While at first the Trust concentrated on running the first two Oliver Prize competitions, it subsequently focused on supporting both the composition and occasional performances of a number of contemporary opera companies in the UK. These included:

Music Theatre Wales for the tour of Flowers (1993)
Major Road towards the tour of The Bottle Imp (1994)
Firefly Enterprises towards the production of Agongo (1994)
Towards the work of Opera Lab (1995)
Mecklenburgh Opera for the production of Passion Killers at the Young Vic (1995)
Jigsaw Music Theatre for the production of Funny Shorts (1995)
The BOC Covent Garden Festival for a production of the Stephen Oliver Trilogy (1996)
Mecklenburgh Opera for their double bill at the 1996 Covent Garden Festival
Music Theatre Wales towards the composition of In The House of Crossed Desires (1996)
Jigsaw Music Theatre for the tour of the triple bill Perfectly Poisonous (1997)
The Clod Ensemble for the preparation of a tape of the company's work (1997)
Music Theatre Wales for UK tour of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Punch & Judy (1998)
Border Crossings towards the costs of producing Die Tote Stadt (1998)
Tete a Tete Productions for Shorts at the Battersea Arts Centre (1999)
Cryptic Productions towards the costs of producing Something There at The Beckett Times Festival Glasgow (2000)
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