Once again, CaMEO partnered with Cambridge Youth Music to deliver the 2014 Cambridge Young Composers competition, with the final taking place at West Road Concert Hall on Sunday 2nd November 2014.
We launched the competition back in June, where the theme of ‘Identity’ was announced with entrants taking part in a variety of sessions intended to help them write their compositions. A group of Cambridge students demonstrated how to write for the instruments, with competition judge Ewan Campbell contributing a range of ideas and starting points for writing successful compositions. As in previous years, we used the theme of the annual Festival of Ideas, with the competition final forming part of the festival.
There were a variety of styles and approaches from the competition entrants, who ranged in age from 7 to 17. Each of the original pieces were played in turn by the lively Dr. K. Sextet, with Ewan and the performers then giving feedback on composers work, sharing ideas of how to develop their composition further.
The winner of this year’s competition was 17 year old Joe Reynolds, with his dramatic piece The Bell Tower of Povegli. The composition was extremely well received by the audience and Ewan alike, with him describing it as highly dramatic with rich harmonic writing and 'fantastic instrumental effects’.
The event was a huge success, as can be seen from the feedback below:
“We wanted to say a very big thank you to you again for a wonderful afternoon yesterday at West Road. It was a dream come true for our daughter and we were delighted to hear her first instrumental piece…She learnt an awful lot from hearing all the feedback and she is very much looking forward to entering the competition for the next three years.”
Parent of competition entrant
“Cambridge Young Composers is a fantastic event! Brilliant for young people to have professionals playing their music, and to receive feedback. Please continue this great event!”
“Amazing event. Really enjoyed it. The amount of young talent is great to see. Hope to hear more next year!”
Audience member, age 14
“The Young Composers Competition is a wonderful inspiration to young people and quite unique in the region. Long may it continue.”
“The playing of the compositions was amazingly competent and lovely to listen to.”
Audience member, age 59