A Carol for Christmas
The winners of the inaugural 'Carol for Christmas Competition' have been announced.
The Category 1 winner is Ruth Sellar, a music graduate from King's College, London, with a composition for un-auditioned community choir. Ruth is currently working at Bilton Grange Preparatory School, Rugby, where her role includes teaching piano and music theory, accompanying choirs and instrumentalists and playing at chapel services.
The winner of Category 2 is Owain Park, a young musician based in the South West of England. He is currently the Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, a position he holds until 2013, when he will take up his place at Trinity College, Cambridge, to study music as one of the college's organ scholars.
Dominic Irving, a graduate of Trinity College of Music, London, won category 3. Dominic began writing music at age 10 with his first solo piano piece, "Strolling", which was played on local radio. Since then, his music has been performed all over the UK, including the Barbican Centre, the BFI Southbank Centre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
The winner of the final category, a composition written specially for The King's Singers, is Steven Griffin from Edinburgh. Steven was accepted into the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied music under John Harper, Bojan Bujic and former King's Singer, Bill Ives. He now works as Assistant Musical Director at George Watson's College in Edinburgh. His choral pieces have been performed in the USA, Italy and New Zealand.
Commended entries were by Mary Whitman Hardy, Richard Gowers, Paul Freehan and Anthony Hedges. The competition received 322 submissions from entrants ranging from 9 to 83 years old.