Tuesday 2 March 2021

30 aspiring young composers to receive mentoring and support: the ORA Singers Composer Competition results

Finalists for the ORA Singers Composer Competition 2021

ORA Singers launched its Composer Competition in 2018, specifically aimed at the UK state-school sector, where many students have limited access to specialist composition mentoring. The winners of the 2021 competition have just been announced and on top of the ten finalists, twenty further apprentices have been named.

From a wide pool of entries from across the UK, the ORA Singers has now selected the 10 finalists who will be enrolled onto a special scheme of mentoring with composers Ken Burton, Janet Wheeler, Richard Allain, Kim Porter and Harry Escott. The finalists are announced as:

Pip Alpin 18, Warton (Ripley St Thomas CofE Academy)
Ceri Amison 17, Newbury (St Bartholomew’s School)
Raj Bhaumik 17, Milngavie (Douglas Academy)
Jacob Cooper 16, Carnforth (Queen Elizabeth School)
Hannah Doyle 17, Blackpool (Blackpool Sixth Form College)
Ana Geoghegan 18, Wimbledon (Ursuline High School)
Aidan MacLean 17, Lisburn (Friends’ School)
Samuel Cole Mpengo 18, West Ham (School 21 and 621)
Samuel Oliver-Sherry 16, Netherton (St Michael’s Church of England High School)
Sequoia Ralph 18, Fulham (West London Free School)

You can read more about the finalists on the ORA Singers website.

The finalists concert is scheduled for Saturday 24 July 2021, when the finalists will hear their world premiere of their works and which will bring the finalists together in person for the first time.

In addition to the 10 finalists, and new to the 2021 Competition, ORA Singers has selected an additional 20 ORA Apprentices, who will be enrolled on their own scheme of compositional support, led by composer Rory Wainwright Johnston.

Full details from the ORA Singers website.

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