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Postgraduate success in BBC Composers Showcase

February 2010

Congratulations to three of the School of Music's postgraduate students - Max Charles Davies, Christian Morris and Jack White - on being selected for the recent 'Welsh Composers Showcase'. In response to this new opportunity, composers from around Wales submitted orchestral scores for rehearsal by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Jac van Steen and Jonathan Mann, at Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff. Seven scores were chosen, two by postgraduate students at Bangor University, two by senior composers who have taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and three by students completing their PhDs in Composition at Cardiff University: Exultet by Max Charles Davies, Lyra Davidica by Christian Morris, and Y Deildy for electronics and orchestra by Jack White.

The showcase was in three stages. On 28-29 January 2010, all seven compositions were rehearsed and feedback given to each composer. Then four were selected for concert performance on the evening of the second day. Two of these four selected works were by Cardiff University students Max Charles Davies and Christian Morris. At the end of the concert, it was announced that two of the final four had been chosen for broadcast on the BBC. These were Lyra Davidica by Christian Morris and Dreaming of Easter by the former Head of Composition at the RWCMD, Timothy Raymond.

The School of Music has had an excellent relationship with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for many years and as a result postgraduate composition students have already had the opportunity to have their works rehearsed by the orchestra. This new Showcase has given the music of Jack White, Max Charles Davies and Christian Morris a much wider exposure and their success at all levels of this unique initiative demonstrates the strength in depth of student compositional activity at Cardiff University. Well done!