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Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition 2008
Parker Ramsay

Parker Ramsay, Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2008 (Photo Murray Somerville)

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We are delighted to announce the results of our third annual competition for young composers. Full results are given in the column on the right. For further details of the competition click here.

The Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2008 is Parker Ramsay (16) pictured left. Parker is a pupil at King's School, Ely, and has been composing since the age of 10. His winning composition, 'New Mexico Portrait', is a piece for flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano, which the Judge Dr Jeremy Thurlow described as "full of energy and invention." It was inspired by a watercolour painting of New Mexico.

The winner of the 13-15 age group Nick White (13) composed an orchestral piece called The Eye, inspired by a work by Escher. Dr Thurlow said: "There is a fascinating and detailed attention to sound in this piece....The piece creates a strong sense of the deathly presence which is at the heart of Escher’s picture."

The winner of the 12 and under age group is George Robarts, (12), whose piece for bassoon and piano was inspired by the painting The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals. Dr Thurlow said the piece had "a lot of character" and was well suited to both the painting and the instruments it was written for.

A selection of the winning compositions will be performed at a concert at West Road Concert Hall on Sunday May 11.

Competition judge: Dr Jeremy Thurlow.



Competition Results

Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2008: Parker Ramsay

Age group 16-18
Parker Ramsay: 'New Mexico Portrait' for flute, clarinet, bassoon and paino.
Highly Commended:
Jake Howarth

Age group 13-15
Nick White: 'The Eye' for orchestra
Highly Commendeds:
Alex Cook
Edward Lilley

Age group up to 12
George Robarts : 'The Laughing Cavalier' for bassoon and piano
Highly Commended:
Joseph Reynolds