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30 January 2013
Toby Young, Kerry Andrew and Stef Conner have won the Incorporated
Society of Musicians’ (ISM) inaugural competition for young composers with
original works for voices inspired by the music of Benjamin Britten to
celebrate the composer’s centenary this year.
Toby Young’s Missa
Brevis won the children’s voices category, with Kerry Andrew’s All Things Are
Quite and Stef Conner’s O Earendel (Hymn to the Star) – both
for SATB – being highly commended. Suzi Digby will conduct the premieres of the
three pieces at the ISM Conference at Queens’ College, Cambridge on 4 April 2013.
Toby Young studied composition with Robin Holloway at
Cambridge while a choral scholar in the King's College Chapel Choir. Kerry Andrew – a former
Choir & Organ New Music composer – specialises in experimental vocal music,
choral music and music-theatre, and won a British Composer Award in 2010. Stef Conner has a Ph.D in
composition from the University of York, and her awards include the Royal
Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.
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