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Caritas International Young Composer Competition 2017: The Winner

We’re delighted to announce that Sarah Cattley is the winner of the Caritas International Young Composer Competition 2017.


Competition winner, Sarah Cattley, with (left to right) Peter Bajetta, David Conte, Benedict Preece, Lewis Edmunds and Sam Ritter

Sarah’s piece The Pardoner’s Song, for choir with piano accompaniment, was chosen by judge David Conte as the winner from a very strong field in the Final Concert at The Colyer-Fergusson Building, Canterbury.

The runners up were:
Peter Bajetta, Italy, Chaunticleer 
Chad Cagle, USA, The Friar 
Stewart Duncan, USA, Behold Adam 
Lewis Edmunds, UK, Radix malorum est cupiditas 
Sam Ritter, USA, Radix malorum est cupiditas

The evening ended with a standing ovation for contestants, choir Musical Director and Judge. You can see an interview with Sarah and a brief report on the final from ITV Meridian newshere.

About Sarah CattleySarah Cattley

Sarah Cattley (b.1995) read Music at Newnham College, Cambridge where she studied composition with Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Joseph Phibbs, graduating with a first in 2016. Since then she has had a growing number of performances, beginning with Dulciana Vocal Ensemble singing her upper voice carol Adam lay ybounden in Dublin. Another work for upper voices, a set of canticles, was commissioned by Fitzwilliam College Chapel Choir in Cambridge and premièred in February.

Granta Chorale performed her Pentecost motet Factus Est Repente twice in April and May, first in Ely Cathedral and then in Saffron Hall; May also saw the première of her Preces and Responses in St Pancras Church as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and two weeks later Circle Dances, a trio for viola, bass clarinet and piano, was given its second performance at St Wilfrid’s, Haywards Heath.

In the past she has had piano pieces played in a Colchester New Music project, and is currently writing a piece for two harpsichords for their upcoming workshop. She is also working on a piece for women’s voices and piano about the groundbreaking mathematician and educational pioneer Philippa Fawcett. Several of her pieces are published by MazeMusic.