They were competing against students from across the whole nation for the chance to create a piece for this renowned professional choir. For the Youth Competition, they were seeking young musicians with the potential to write a piece of new music. 10 finalists, including Ceri (pictured), all in state education, were selected based on their compositions and personal statements, taking into account their current level of experience and access to compositional teaching.
A further set of apprentices were selected to take part in the program alongside them, which included Lucy. Each finalist will receive 10 hours of mentoring from a specifically assigned composer who will work with them over several months in order to develop their compositional writing. Finalists will also attend a workshop in London, meeting fellow participants and trialling ideas on a quartet of singers, before attending the Competition Final Concert later in the year to hear their new pieces performed by the professional singers.
A huge well done to both students, and an amazing achievement that St Bart’s has two representatives in this fiercely contested national music competition.