Bertie Baigent wins Stainer & Bell composition competition
Bertie Baigent has won the 2015 Stainer & Bell award for choral competition for his SATB setting of Christina Rossetti's An Echo from Willow-Wood. He receives an award of £500 and the publication of the work in Stainer & Bell's digital choral series, Choral Now.
Bertie is currently in his second year reading Music at Jesus College, where he holds the position of Organ Scholar and is an Academic Exhibitioner. His works have won a number of prizes, and have been performed by Britten Sinfonia, Fretwork, the Aurora Orchestra, and the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge in venues including the Royal Festival Hall and Snape Maltings. In Memoriam In Nomine won the National Centre for Early Music's Young Composers' Award 2011, and was described by Michael Church (The Independent) as 'an exquisite essay in post-Bartókian harmonies and textures'. He studies composition with Patrick Nunn.
Posted on 15 June 2015
Sri Lankan tour raises money for children with cancer
As a result of the Choir’s successful visit to Sri Lanka in December 2014, the tour’s organising committee have made a generous donation of 1 million Sri Lankan rupees (approximately £5000) to the Cancer Care Association of Sri Lanka to assist with the care of children with cancer who have lost a parent. This donation is thanks to the hard work of Professor Manouri Senanayake and Mr Priyan de Livera who worked tirelessly to raise money for the Choir’s trip and whose fundraising and personal generosity has made this possible. The Choir hopes that its concerts and workshops with children across the country may have left its own legacy, but is humbled that its visit will also have an impact on the lives of those in need of medical care.
Posted on 18 May 2015
Chapel Choir sings Evensong with Visiting Choir
On Saturday 9th May, the Chapel Choir welcomed the Choir of St Mary’s Collegiate Church Warwick to Cambridge. After an afternoon’s punting, the visitors enjoyed a lavish tea in the Prioress’s Room, during which they met some of the current Choral Scholars taking a break from their exam revision. This occasion was especially momentous for Choral Scholar, Toby Miller, who sang with St Mary’s before coming up to Cambridge, and for the Director of Music at St Mary’s, Tom Corns, who was Organ Scholar of Jesus College between 1998 and 2001. Evensong proved a real treat for the congregation with the combined chorus giving added impetus to Walmisley in D minor and Stanford’s For lo, I raise up in the intimate setting of the College Chapel.
Posted on 18 May 2015
Choir Alumni Return for Joint Evensong
On Sunday 3rd May, the current College Choir were joined at Evensong by former choir members. Whilst some Choral Scholars returned just a few months after graduating, we also welcomed many singers who matriculated several years ago - in one case 65 years ago! The resulting choir of 60 current and former Choral Scholars produced a fantastic sound, and the massed voices shook the building to its foundations in Howells in G and Elgar’s magnificent Give Unto the Lord. Choir members old and new then enjoyed dinner together in Hall, making for a memorable and highly enjoyable evening.
Posted on 4 May 2015
Combined Choir Sings Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral
For the Combined Choir, the beginning of Easter Term proved very exciting. On Monday 20th April, the Choir was welcomed to St Paul’s Cathedral. Here, they sang Evensong with music including the Mathias Jesus Service and Stanford’s Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem. Whilst singing in the fantastic acoustic was challenging, the experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Posted on 22 April 2015
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