Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Morgan Overton wins inaugural Chester Fellowship

2:27, 13th October 2017

Chester Music Limited has announced Morgan Overton as the winner of the inaugural Chester Fellowship for Young Composers.

Currently in his final year at Oakham School,  Overton is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, studying piano, clarinet, organ and singing. He has won the Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition, the Aldeburgh Music Friday Afternoons Songwriting Competition and the BBC Proms Inspire Competition. He has also been commissioned by the King’s Lynn Festival for the Solem Quartet and the BBC for the NYCGB Fellowship Octet in association with the Wellcome Collection. He has been a composer member of Britten Sinfonia Academy since 2016, and with the National Youth Orchestra since 2016.

Chris Butler, head of publishing at the Music Sales Group, described Overton as ‘an exceptional musician’, adding: ‘We hope that this award together with our continued support will assist Morgan in the next phase of his artistic and creative development.’

The fellowship will be awarded to a young composer in secondary education on an annual basis. The scheme will provide the opportunity for a young composer to develop their talents and gain an understanding of the music business over a period of three years. The composer will receive an annual stipend, will be invited to a range of concerts and events, and will have opportunities to meet established composers.

Chester Music Limited will also provide access to advice and guidance from experienced staff within the Music Sales Group on matters ranging from copyright administration and promotion through to editorial, marketing and digital.

Details concerning the application process for the 2018-19 Chester Fellowship for Young Composers will be available in the new year.

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