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2021 Composition competition winner announced

Following an exceptional field of entries, we can reveal that Tammas Slater is the winner of the 2021 Jesus College Composition Competition.

Tammas Slater (b. 2000) is the Peter Walker Organ Scholar at Gonville and Caius College, where he studies music. Tammas says: "I'm delighted and honoured that my piece has been selected as the winner of the competition, and I am looking forward to hearing my work performed by the Choir. "

Tammas's work will be premiered by The College Choir of Jesus College in at Choral Evensong on Sunday 21 November, which will also be live-streamed on Facebook. Tammas will also receive prize money of £500.

Now in its second year, the Choirs of Jesus College launched the competition in November 2019 with the support of alumnus Max Hadfield. This year's competition encouraged composers aged 25 and younger to submit an original composition setting the words of Psalm 98:

Sing unto the Lord a new song. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all the earth. Sing unto the lord with the harp and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord our King. Let the sea roar and the fulness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together before the Lord. For he cometh to judge the earth; with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: As is was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. World without end. Amen.

The entries recived were of outstanding quality and were judged by composer Ghislaine Reece-Trapp and Jesus College Director of Music, Richard Pinel, who comments: "Tammas has written us a piece that is inventive, challenging and huge fun to sing. His setting of ’Sing unto the Lord’ was the worthy winner out of a very strong field of entires and we are looking forward to giving the premiere on Sunday."


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