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3 February 2012 | PR 12/17

Winners of 2012 choral composing competition announced

Paul Ayres, a freelance musician working in and around London, has won £2,000 in a Loughborough University Arts competition to find a new choral work to celebrate the University’s sporting tradition and success and mark the London 2012 Games.

Comprising three parts ranging in style and mood, Paul Ayres’ winning composition, Loughborough Cantata, uses relevant poems and texts by Peacham, Housman, Kinto and Tennyson, along with lyrics written especially for the competition. 

Ayres comments: “I am thrilled to have won this competition and hope the work reflects the huge interest and enthusiasm that the Olympic Games are generating in London, Loughborough and across the country.  Although the complete piece is about 25 minutes in duration, the different sections could be used stand-alone for a variety of occasions, and I hope it will be widely performed and enjoyed after its premiere in May.”

The Loughborough University Student prize of £500 was won by Harris Chapman, a final year undergraduate studying 3D Design, for Sweet Victory, a two minute crowd rallying song, which captures the spirit and exuberance of Loughborough student team match supporters.

The winning compositions, which were selected by a panel made up of members of the University Choir, along with well-known choral composer Bob Chilcott, will be premiered at the Choir’s Gala Concert at the University on 11 May 2012. 

Eleanor Graff Baker, Musical Director of the University Choir, was delighted with the quality of the competition entries.

“We are an all-comers choir, welcoming students and staff of the University and also members of the local community,” she said. “Despite our ‘no auditions’ policy, and the fact that many of our members have never sung in a choir before, we aim for high standards with a varied choral repertoire.  These exciting new works will be challenging in parts but the choir and myself, along with our accompanist Eleonora Babitsky who has a very substantial role, are very much looking forward to learning and performing them.”

Nick Slater, Director of Arts at the University, explains: “Loughborough University has a lively arts programme and our music activities such as subsidised tuition and ensembles like the Choir enable students with musical interests and talent to develop these alongside their academic study and sport activities. 

“The competition has provided a way to bring together the themes of music and sport in this Olympic year, and involve the local community.  We are very grateful to the competition sponsors, Logicalis, Intelligent Energy, and Samsung for contributing the prize money and helping to cover the running costs of the competition.” 


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Jenny Hall
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Loughborough University Arts
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Notes for editors:

  1. More information about Loughborough University Arts, the Choir and Concert programme can be found at www.arts.lboro.ac.uk
  2. More information about Paul Ayres and Harris Chapman can be found at www.paulayres.co.uk and www.hsccreator.com  
  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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