Friday 25 July 2014

New Carol for Merton

Sean Doherty
Sean Doherty
The composer Sean Doherty has won the 2014 Choir and Organ Composition Competition with his carol A Nywe Werk. The competition was presented by Choir and Organ Magazine in partnership with Merton College, Oxford and the entrants had to submit an Advent or Christmas carol suitable for the choir of Merton College. Doherty's winning entry, for eight-part unaccompanied choir, sets an anonymous 15th century text from the Selden manuscript. The carol will be premiered on Thursday 4 December in the Chapel of Merton College.

Doherty is from Derry in Northern Ireland. He studied at St. John's College, Cambrdige and Trinity College, Dublin. His opera Number Seven was commissioned as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and his choral piece Doire was written to celebrate Derry/Londonderry City of Cultue 2013.

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