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Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition 2013/14: Results

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Young Composer
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Composing competrition winners

We are delighted to announce the results of the 2013/14 Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition.

The overall winner and Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2013/14 is 13-year-old William Harmer – the youngest person to win the annual competition since it started in 2006. William won the prize for his composition 'Archibald's definition' for piano, clarinet, flute, violin, viola and cello, inspired by a poem by Archibald Macleish. Judge Dr Ewan Campbell said he was greatly impressed at the harmonic and melodic exploration of the piece, which displayed instrumental writing that was "highly idiomatic and excellently imagined."

The 15-17 year age group was won by Saffron Usher, 17, for her piece Sunrise at mountain frontiers' for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano. The 11 and under class was won for the second year running by Stephanie Gaunt, 11, for her work 'From baroque to blues' which explored different styles of music from the baroque to the 20th century.

The competition was run in conjunction with Cambridge University Music Outreach Department and the final workshop took place on 24 October 2013 at West Road Concert Hall as part of the university's annual Cambridge Festival of Ideas. All the entries were performed by Cambridge University musicians and Dr Campbell discussed each work and provided advice on composing to those taking part.

Winner William Harmer was presented with the Young Composer of the Year cup and a cheque for £50 by University Lecturer in Musical Composition Richard Causton. William will also be invited to compose a piece for the Cambridge University New Music Ensemble to perform.

Many congratulations to all those taking part!

Full details of the competition.



Competition Results

Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2013/14: William Harmer

Age group 15-17
Saffron Usher
Highly Commended: Joseph Reynolds

Age group 12-14
William Harmer
Highly Commended: Rebecca Revie

Age group 11 and under
Stephanie Gaunt
Highly Commended: Oliver Mavaddat-Rhys