2018-19 Composition Competition winner annouced

We are delighted to announce the result of our inaugural Composition Competition.

The competition received an impressive level of interest, with entries from three continents, and many exciting and inventive compositions being submitted. In the end, the decision was unanimous, and the winning competition was by Barnaby Martin (27) from Wells, England.

"The Cathedral Choir has had a long association with the Victoria Tenebræ Responsories since George Malcolm's legendary 1959 recording,' said Martin Baker, Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, "so we're delighted to have been able to mark this year's anniversary with this competition. Barnaby's entry caught our attention immediately, and we're very much looking forward to premiering it on Palm Sunday.

Sir James MacMillan said: "It is important that the ancient traditional liturgical texts of the church are kept alive in music, and this means finding new music of our own time, to clothe the timeless orthodoxies and treasures of our divine praises. It was heartening to see such substantial interest in this project from so many good composers who entered the competition. I enjoyed reading the entries and was encouraged by their endeavours. There was one clear winner though, and I look forward to hearing the new setting by Barnaby Martin in due course."

Barnaby's winning setting of Omnes amici mei will be premiered by Westminster Cathedral Choir at the 10am Solemn Mass on Palm Sunday, 14th April 2019; the Choir will sing it again later in the week on Good Friday at the Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion, beginning at 3pm.

Barnaby Martin

Barnaby Martin is an award-winning composer of contemporary classical music based in England. His compositions have been performed widely in the UK and internationally by groups including the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ligeti quartet and the choir of St Paul's Cathedral. In 2018, Barnaby's work for orchestra, Quanta, was selected as the winner of the Toru Takemitsu Composition award; Barnaby is the only composer from the UK to have received first prize in the history of this competition. In 2017, he received his first nomination for a BASCA British Composer Award in 2017 for his cantata, The Temptations of Christ.



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