William Saunders – Concert OrganistWilliam Saunders – Concert OrganistWilliam Saunders – Concert OrganistWilliam Saunders – Concert Organist

William to be on the panel for new, pioneering virtual music competitions

William to be on the panel for new, pioneering virtual music competitions

William is excited to be on the panel of judges for three new, pioneering virtual music competitions being promoted by St Edmundsbury Cathedral

***St Edmundsbury Cathedral Virtual Organ Competition***

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is offering the first virtual Organ Competition for young organists aged up to 22, in a bid to encourage and promote music-making during these challenging times.

Categories and Prizes:

Beginner (up to grade 5) – £50 music voucher, plus 30 min organ lesson with David Briggs.

Intermediate (grades 6-8) – £100 music voucher, plus 45 min organ lesson with David Briggs.

Advanced £500 – 60 min organ lesson with David Briggs plus recital at St Edmundsbury Cathedral as part of the Lunchtime recital series.

Please note that, given the virtual nature of the competition, each entry will only be judged on the performance, and not the instrument used for the recording.

Panel:

James Lancelot – Concert Organist and Former Director of Music at Durham Cathedral

Martin Baker – Concert Organist and Former Director of Music at Westminster Cathedral

Richard Cook – Acting Director of Music, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

William Saunders – Concert Organist, and Assisting Organist at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Recital length:

Beginners: one piece up to 5 min

Intermediate: one or two pieces up to 10 min

Advanced: a recital lasting up to 15 minutes in duration

Candidates are asked to upload VIDEO recordings (converted to MP4 if possible) of their pieces to wetransfer.com and email us the link at [email protected] along with a registration form, downloadable from the Cathedral website: https://stedscathedral.org/music/
The panellists will decide on the winning entries from each category, and will announce winners on a live stream. All entrants will receive feedback and constructive advice from the panel. If you have any problems uploading or converting your video files, please contact the Cathedral music department on [email protected]

Closing date for submission: 12 noon 6th June

Announcement: 13th June

***St Edmundsbury Cathedral Virtual Piano Competition***

St Edmundsbury Cathedral are offering the first virtual Piano competition for young pianists aged up to 22, in a bid to encourage and promote music-making during these challenging times.

Categories and Prizes:

Beginner (up to grade 5) – £50 music voucher, plus 30 min piano lesson with Christine Stevenson.

Intermediate (grades 6-8) – £100 music voucher, plus 45 min piano lesson with Christine Stevenson.

Advanced £500 – 60 min piano lesson with Christine Stevenson plus recital at St Edmundsbury Cathedral as part of the Lunchtime recital series on the Cathedral’s fantastic Steinway model D piano.

Please note that, given the virtual nature of the competition, each entry will only be judged on the performance, and not the instrument used for the recording.Panel:

Christine Stevenson – Concert Pianist

Tim Carey – Internationally renowned chamber music artist

Richard Cook – Acting Director of Music, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

William Saunders – Concert Organist, and Assisting Organist at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Recital length:

Beginners: one piece up to 5 min

Intermediate: one or two pieces up to 10 min

Advanced: a recital lasting up to 15 minutes in duration

Candidates are asked to upload VIDEO recordings (converted to MP4) of their pieces to wetransfer.com and email us the link at [email protected] along with a registration form, downloadable from the Cathedral website: https://stedscathedral.org/music/. The panellists will decide on the winning entries from each category, and will announce winners on a live stream. All entrants will receive feedback and constructive advice from the panel. If you have any problems uploading or converting your video files, please contact the Cathedral music department on [email protected]

Closing date for submission: 16th May
Announcement date: 23rd May

**St Edmundsbury Composition Competition**

Calling all GCSE and A-Level students!

Tired of Haydn away at home? Frustrated with not being able to find what’s on your Chopin Liszt? Struggling to get a Handel on the current situation? Wishing you were Bach when times were easier? We have the solution for you!

St Edmundsbury Cathedral are hosting an exciting GCSE and A-Level music composition competition, aimed at students who have completed or are working on a composition as part of their coursework, which may now not count towards an examination. None of the inspiration, time or effort will have gone to waste, however, as we have fantastic opportunities available for the prize-winners!

The Composition Competition has two categories:

GCSE: For years 10 and 11 – 1 composition, 2-5 minutes A Level: For years 12 and 13 – 1 composition, 3-7 minutes

Candidates are asked to upload an MP3 file (or WAV file if necessary) of their composition, a PDF of the score or screenshot of the composition program (if not composed in traditional western notation, e.g. Logic Pro) with annotations, alongside a brief set of programme notes totalling four hundred words, explaining the inspirations, thought-processes, aims, problems encountered and their solutions to www.wetransfer.com. Please then email the link

to [email protected] along with our registration form, available from our website www.stedscathedral.org. The panellists will decide on the winning entries from each category and will announce winners on a live stream.

Panellists:

Simon Taranczuk – Director of Music, The King’s School, Worcester
Nicholas Freestone – Assistant Director of Music, Worcester Cathedral
Richard Cook – Acting Director of Music, St Edmundsbury Cathedral
William Saunders – Former Director of Music at the Royal Hospital School and Assisting Organist, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Prizes:

The top three compositions from each group will be performed at St Edmundsbury Cathedral as part of the 2021 lunchtime recital series which will also be livestreamed. We will record the winning entries using our network of professional musicians, and provide coverage on all our social media platforms, including our website. The overall winning entry will receive a future commission from the Cathedral with potential for publication. All entrants will receive feedback and constructive advice from the panel. If you have any problems uploading or converting file formats, please contact the Cathedral Music Department at [email protected]

Please note that the competition is administered by the Music Department of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, who reserve the right to amend the rules as deemed necessary. The decision of the Panel is final. No correspondence will be entered into. It is possible that prizes may not be awarded if an appropriate standard is not met. Each competitor may enter one competition category only. Entry to the competition is free. Children under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent/guardian to participate.

Deadline for submission: 23rd May 2020
Announcement: 30th May 2020

Post a reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *