King's student wins composers' competition

Alex Tay

Alex Tay

King's Music undergraduate Alex Tay has just won a competition for Cambridge University Composers.

The competition was part of a workshop organised by the Britten Sinfonia and the Faculty of Music. Each composer from the University had to submit a work that lasted eight minutes or less, and that was scored for at least six instruments. The competition was judged by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's music.

Alex's piece was called 'The Bleak Winter' and drew inspiration from the famous Christmas Carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter'. It was scored for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Piano, Percussion, Viola and Cello and imagined the elements of water, wind, snow, and earth gradually freezing.

Alex will now receive three commissions from Britten Sinfonia, to be premiered during the 2015-16 season. The first commission will be a piece for solo instrument, the second for chamber ensemble, and the third for full chamber orchestra, with each work lasting up to five minutes.

Congratulations to Alex on his achievement!

Another piece by him - 'Fantasia on Henry VI' - will be played at the KCMS May Week Concert on 15 June. See the Choir concerts page.

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18 May 2015