In the summer of 2016, Benedict Preece, Music Director of Caritas Chamber Choir came up with the idea of launching a competition for young composers from the UK and abroad. Their task: To write a new choral composition based on text from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The aim, to encourage young composers across the world to write new choral works and to promote our beautiful city and its' rich legacy of literature and music.
Nearly 12 months later, and we have received entries from all over the world, demonstrating the amazing new talent that is out there and that needs support and encouragement in order to be able to continue writing.
The final of the competition will take place on Saturday 8th July 2017 in The Colyer Fergusson Hall at the University of Kent. Caritas Chamber Choir is a self-funding organisation that raises money for charity throughout the year, and a large part of the cost for the International Young Composer Competition has been raised by the choir through performances in Kent and further afield.
However, In addition to the funds we have been able to raise already, there's still more to do. To help us support these talented, young composers, we're looking for your help. Your pledge will therefore help us cover: - The cost of our event final at the Colyer Fergusson Hall; - Our winning prizes; - A day in the recording studio for the winning piece; - And of course, the opportunity to work with and have the support of world-renowned composer, David Conte who will be joining us from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Your support is gratefully received. We would love to make this an annual event and hope you will be able to help us make it an even greater success and that you'll take the chance to enjoy the music with us all.