Congratulations to Felix Kirkby, a chorister at York Minster, who is this year’s winner of the Sir David Willcocks Composition Competition. Choristers were asked to compose a short introit from words by Samuel Longfellow and we were delighted to have 26 entries this year. CSA is very grateful to Jonathan Willcocks who once again was the adjudicator and comments: “the overall standard was very encouraging with more compositions showing real sensitivity and musical sophistication.” Second prize went to George Herbert from Chethams School, Manchester and the three runners-up were: Joel Branston (St John’s College School, Cambridge), Joseph Hancock (New College School, Oxford) and Alex Trigg (King’s College School, Cambridge). Jonathan also specially commended two very promising compositions from 9 year-olds Thomas Alban and Theo Kennedy, both from King’s Cambridge.
St Edward’s College, Liverpool is hoping to become an all-through academy for pupils aged 4-18 from September 2015. Sadly this means the closure of its junior school, the independent Runnymede St Edward’s School. However, pupils will automatically be offered places in their appropriate year group and teachers will also move over. Plans are currently under consultation until 6 June. You can read more here V2 All through Academy press release March 2014
The BBC is inviting entries for this year’s competition which culminates in The Final being recorded in St Paul’s Cathedral at the end of October. To find out more go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4RNfz3DCczPPlCwy8wgjxpt/young-choristers-of-the-year-2014
Several cathedral choirs featured on national radio and TV over the Easter Holidays. You can catch up by going to the media links page.
It is nearly 100 years since three choir school heads took action to protect the education of choristers. CSA will be celebrating – of course! We have lots of ideas and the countdown starts now. We have a new page on the left which we will add to as plans take shape. Here you will find a brief history of the Association’s first century.
CSA Singing Out 2013 Issue 17, is still available here with lots of highlights and news from choir schools. Again, if you would like a paper copy of issue 17 or any earlier issues, please use the contact form and we will post one to you.