OUMS Composition Competition 2017

The 2017 competition is now closed. 

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the OUMS Composition Competition 2017 is Aaron King with his composition Divergence.

Come and hear the world premiere of the work on Monday of 8th Week, 06/03/17, 7:30 pm at Wesley Memorial Church alongside Shostakovich’s Symphony No.9 and Boccherini’s Symphony “La Casa del Diavolo”

Aaron King is a composer and conductor in his third year reading music at Hertford College where he is the Senior Organ Scholar. He studies composition with Toby Young and has previously studied with Deborah Pritchard and Johnathan Darnborough. Aaron has a wide range of compositional interests from instrumental music to film scores, musical theatre and choral music. On his choral music, the highly-acclaimed composer Paul Mealor has commented that ‘choirs everywhere need to sing this music’. He has been commissioned by the Wayne State University Concert Band, USA, to arrange on one his choral works for concert band. He originally wrote this for the 150th Anniversary Celebrations of Malvern College. Last summer also saw the first performance of a new musical, ‘Pawn’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for which he wrote music to lyrics by Sam Norman, and last term he was selected to attend a series of composition workshops with Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon). Aaron has also scored two short films for a British independent film company, and is scheduled to score their upcoming feature film. He recently completed work on music for a film celebrating 150 years of Malvern College. More generally, his music has enjoyed performances in London and Oxford, including a premiere by the Hertford College Orchestra.

Aaron is also a keen conductor: he studies conducting with John Traill and Paul Brough, and has attended masterclasses with Ralph Allwood. He conducts the Addinsell Sinfonia, an orchestra which he founded last September, and he directs the Hertford College Chapel choir, which as well as singing weekly services regularly performs with orchestra and undertakes tours abroad. He formerly conducted OUSE, the Oxford University String Ensemble, and the Hertford College Concert Band. He has been involved in several theatre productions, as Music Director / Assistant Music Director for productions of Richard II and Spring Awakening, and as the lead role in The Sound of Music, Dido and Aeneas and This World Lousy .

As a performer, he has played flute with the Oxford University Philharmonia and the Oxford University Wind Orchestra, and he regularly performs in recitals both as soloist and accompanist. He has also sung regularly in the BBC proms youth choir, most recently in the 2016 performance of Verdi’s Requiem with Marin Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Albert Hall.

Aaron is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Oxford University Sinfonietta for a second time, having previously performed with them last year as the tenor soloist for a performance of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.

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