Poetry challenge for local composers

Dominic Hawley conducting his choir in Cheltenham

Local musicians are being invited to taken part in a Community Composition Challenge being run by Ashley Music School.

Entrants are asked to choose one poem from a short selection as the basis for their musical composition which may be a song setting of the words of the chosen poem or they may use the poem as an artistic inspiration for an instrumental piece.

The poetry choices offered are ‘On the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!’ by Spike Milligan, ‘Rose and the Lily’ (anonymous) or ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ by WB Yeats, and these can be downloaded from Ashley Music School’s website www.ashleymusic.co.uk/challenge2018.html.

The competition is open to any musician from the community of any age, style or level of advancement; there will be a junior and senior class which includes a masterclass from Dominic Hawley, Director of Music at Cheltenham Ladies College. Dominic has been composing music for almost 30 years and has conducted his own music in many cathedrals including Gloucester and St Mark’s, Venice. Currently he is working on a setting of ‘Tu es Petrus’ for unaccompanied, upper voices, to be sung in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome next year.

The Adjudication Masterclass will take place on July 8 at 12 noon at Whitmore Village Hall, ST5 5HX, and winners will receive a trophy and cash prize.

Entries can be written, recorded, printed, or digital (by email/USB stick/CD) and can be sent by email to mathawley@ashleymusic.co.uk or by post to 74, Church Road, Ashley, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4LA (tel: 01630 672546).

The closing date is Friday, June 22.

The entry fee of £5 will be collected on the day of the adjudication/masterclass and there is no need to send this with your composition.