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8 May 2012 | PR 12/85

Premiere of winning entries in University’s choral composing competition


Paul Ayres.

Friday 11 May sees the premiere of Paul Ayres’ Loughborough Cantata, the winning choral work written for Loughborough University’s choir as part of the University’s Composing Competition in celebration of the Olympics.

Entrants into the competition were asked to compose a 25 minute sporting anthem, to reflect the spirit of the Olympics and the sporting tradition of the University. Bob Chilcott, one of the UK’s renowned composers and choral conductors, helped to make the winning selections.

Over the last few months the choir, along with the University’s string orchestra, has been rehearsing the new works in preparation for the concert.

Eleanor Graff-Baker, conductor of the choir, says: “It has been a rewarding experience for the choir.  They’ve picked up on the excitement of performing something new and which has been specifically written for them.”

Arianna Maiorani, a member of the choir, added: “The compositions are very different from what we usually do, and so were challenging in that sense, but we are enjoying the challenge.”

The performance begins at 7.30pm on Friday 11 May at Martin Hall, Loughborough University. It will also feature Sweet Victory, the winning student entry by Harris Chapman, who is in his final year at the University studying 3D Design, plus Blest Pairs of Sirens by Parry, Zadok the Priest by Handel, and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.

A video of the choir and string orchestra rehearsing the new works can be found on Loughborough University’s You Tube channel


For all media enquiries contact:

Jenny Hall
Marketing and PR Coordinator for Loughborough University Arts
T: 01509 222 948
E: j.m.hall@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

  1. Sound and video files are available for media use.  Contact Jenny Hall, Marketing and PR Coordinator for Loughborough University Arts, T: 01509 222 948, E: j.m.hall@lboro.ac.uk

  2. More information about Loughborough University Arts, the Choir and Concert programme can be found at www.arts.lboro.ac.uk

  3. More information about Paul Ayres and Harris Chapman can be found at www.paulayres.co.uk and www.hsccreator.com  

  4. The Choral Composing Competition has been sponsored by Logicalis, Intelligent Energy, and Samsung.

  5. 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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