The Perse School

Perse pupil wins Cambridge Young Composer of the Year

Our congratulations go to Year 9 pupil, William Harmer, who has just been named Cambridge Young Composer of the Year. William is the youngest person to win the competition since it began in 2006. He received this accolade for his composition Archibald’s Definition for flute, piano, clarinet, violin, viola and cello, inspired by a poem by Archibald Macleish. One of the judges of the event, Dr Ewan Campbell, remarked that his piece “displayed instrmental writing that was highly idiomatic and excellently imagined”. William was presented with the Young Composer of the Year cup, and as part of his prize he has been invited to compose a piece for the Cambridge University New Music Ensemble to perform.

We also extend our congratulations to Year 7 pupil, Stephanie Gaunt, who also won the 11 and under class in the competition (for the third year in succession) for her work From Baroque to Blues, a piece which explored a range of musical styles from the Baroque to twentieth-century music.

These are both outstanding achievements – well done!

 
 
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