The Glasgow School of Art choir has announced that Creative Scotland has awarded part-funding to enable it to commission Sir James MacMillan to compose a new choral work which will be premiered by the ensemble at the re-opening of the Mackintosh Building. National Lottery funding of £4,000, together with support from The Glasgow School of Art, will allow the choir to proceed with the project.

Jamie Sansbury, musical director, said: "What better way to celebrate the re-opening of a creative masterpiece than with the premiere of a work by such an eminent composer?"

Lyrics for the commission are from a poem written by Francis (Fra) Henry Newbery, held in the archives of the GSA. Fra Newbery was the Director of the School from 1885 – 1917, and was instrumental in both the commissioning of the Mackintosh Building and the appointment of Charles Rennie Mackintosh as its designer.

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Entries are now invited for the Dundee International Book Prize 2016. The winner of the prize receives £5,000 and a publishing deal with Freight Books.

Writers with an unpublished novel have until midnight on February 19 to enter the competition, which last year attracted more than 450 entries.

All entries will be read before a shortlist is drawn up later in the year, before the winner is announced at the Dundee Literary Festival in October. Last year’s winner was Martin Cathcart Froden with Devil Take the Hindmost. It will be published by Freight Books in June.

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