The three finalists in our 2016 Composing Competition.
Sunlight in PhotographsKatrina Toner is 18 years old, and is currently in her final year of secondary school. She studies composition with David Sutton-Anderson.…more
Circus After MidnightSebastian Skelly, 20, is coming to the end of a threeyear degree course in Creative Music Technology at the University of Surrey.…more
Perpetuum MobileFindlay Spence was born in 1997 in Edinburgh and now lives on the Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland. In 2013, Findlay.…more
The Finalists' Concert was held in The Great Hall, Goldsmiths, University of London on Tuesday 19th April 2016 in front of an invited audience.
The Compositions were performed by the English Young Artists' Sinfonia, conducted by Robert Pepper MBE.
- Katrina Toner: Sunlight in Photographs
- Sebastian Skelly: Circus After Midnight
- Findlay Spence: Perpetuum Mobile
- Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A (Italian)
Compositions were judged on the night by the three judges, Edward Gregson, Richard Sisson and Scott Stroman and a winner was chosen.
The successful composition was Circus After Midnight by Sebastian Skelly.
• By entering the Competition, the entrant will be deemed to accept these terms and conditions and entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges, which shall be final and binding.
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• The Competition ran from 1st September 2015 and the closing date was 28th February 2016.
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• Entrants must be aged 14-25 and a UK resident.
• Only one composition per entrant will be accepted.
• Each participant may submit one composition lasting a maximum of 8 minutes, which must be written for a designated Chamber Orchestra instrumentation (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timps and strings).
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