Choristers win composition competition
Two King’s Choristers have achieved remarkable success in the Cambridge Young Composer Awards by coming first and second in their age category. Alfred Hopkins won the 11 and under category with his composition Zen, while Thomas Alban was highly commended for his piece Rippling Waters. Judge Ewan Campbell described Zen as “well imagined”, saying Hopkins “made excellent use of the creative freedom that comes with writing in free-time”.
This is the second year running that the youngest age category has been won by a King’s Chorister. Earlier in the year another King’s Chorister had his composition performed at Buckingham Palace after winning another composition competition judged by composer Bob Chilcott. Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music, writes:
It is testament to the unrivalled quality of the musical education given to choristers that our own have achieved so much as young composers. Singing with King’s College Choir introduces children with a genuine love of music to musical styles that span more than five centuries, and it gives me great delight to see how much they enjoy developing their own styles and compositions.