We are thrilled to announce that the winners of the 2014 competition are:
- Lucy Gibbs - 'The Minstrel Boy'
- Morgan Overton - 'Three Native American Spiritual Songs'
They will be performed live on the 28th November at the Big Sing Day at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Read more about these young composers below.
I enjoy music, regardless of whether I am playing it, listening to it or writing it. I particularly enjoy 20th and 21st Century music, from Debussy and Gershwin through Poulenc and Britten to Ligeti, Pendrecki and especially Reich. As well as attending Oakham School my other interests include acting and creative writing. I played the character Wilson in the CBeebies animated series Chuggington for 5 years, and also played roles in Doctor Who, Sense and Sensibility, Gigglebiz, Little Einstein, Harry and Paul and the Morgana show. I enjoy writing, particularly plays and dramatic sketches. I aspire to be a composer and conductor when I am older, and I hope to premiere many of my own and others’ works. As well as winning Aldeburgh Music's Friday Afternoons Composition Competition 2014 (and coming first in my age category the previous year), I was also a winner of the Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition 2014.
(Photograph by John Clark)
I started playing the piano at the age of seven and 6 months later I started the clarinet. In my first years of secondary school I took singing lessons and my music teacher introduced to composition and I began to write songs with my friends and composing for piano and for orchestra. In addition I play with county ensembles like the Shropshire Youth Orchestra where I have been on tour in Germany. I also play in local wind bands and orchestras like my school orchestra.
Since my introduction to composition I have written many compositions for ensembles and am currently studying to do my Grade 8 in singing and clarinet, and hope to continue my studies for the future. My music inspiration comes from many things like film music, concerts and music dating back to the Renaissance. I like to enjoy music as well like Opera, Jazz and Musical Theatre. I also like baking and taking walks in my home county's countryside: Shropshire.
The two winning songs from last year were performed live at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, as part of the Britten Centenary Friday Afternoons event on 22 November 2013. The songs of the runners up - Joe Davies, Artemis Reed and Morgan Overton - can be heard here: