Trinity Laban alumnus wins King's Singers composition competition

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The winners of a new competition from the King's Singers called A Carol for Christmas were announced in December, including Trinity Laban alumnus Dominic Irving.

Dominic won the category for full choir for composers aged 19 or over; and his composition was selected by choral legends John Rutter, Stephen Cleobury and David Hurley.

Dominic's composition was entitled 'Blessed Be That Maid Marie', a setting of words from a traditional Old English carol.

Dominic said: "My composition was inspired by a huge variety of things, but in particular Carlo Gesualdo's 'Tristis est anima mea' and Anton Webern's 'Das Augenlicht'. Interestingly, I was only reminded of the latter piece because I'd written it down in 2008 in my listening diary whilst studying at Trinity Laban."

Dominic began writing music at age 10 with his first solo piano piece, "Strolling", which was played on local radio. Since then, his music has been performed all over the UK, including the Barbican Centre, the BFI Southbank Centre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

A Carol for Christmas invited composers of all ages from across the UK to submit their carol for the chance to hear it performed in the stunning setting of King's College Cambridge and to be recorded for broadcast by Classic FM. Over 300 carols were received from entrants aged from 9 to 83. The competition was judged by Stephen Cleobury CBE (Director of Music, Choir of King's College, Cambridge), John Rutter CBE (composer, conductor and record producer) and David Hurley (member of The King's Singers).

King's Singer David Hurley said: "The standard in all the categories was great, and in the King's Singers' category we received many skilfully crafted works."

The events were recorded for broadcast on Classic FM on 22 December.

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