The Sanders Society - News
May 2016: John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers
The Sanders Society is pleased to announce that the winner of this year's competition is Joshua Pacey,
currently a Choral Scholar at Clare College Cambridge.
His delightful setting of a 13th century text Mary's Lullaby was the unanimous choice of the panel of judges
comprising Dr. Christopher Robinson, Bob Chilcott, Adrian Partington and Tim Rogers, and will shortly be published
by Encore Publications.
The composition was selected from a wide range of international entries. Joshua will receive his prize of £1000
at the Sanders Society Lunch held on Thursday 28th July 2016, and Mary's Lullaby will be performed by
the St. Cecilia Singers of Gloucester
as the anthem at Choral Evensong in Gloucester Cathedral later that afternoon during this year's exciting
Three Choirs Festival.
Joshua is in his final year studying music at Clare College, Cambridge. Having begun composing at an early age,
he has won several competitions including the Homerton College Composition Competition 2016 &
the Clare College Christmas Carol Composition Competition 2016. His work has been performed
in the UK and the USA, and been broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong. He was a boy
chorister at Winchester Cathedral, and is now senior choral scholar of the Choir of
Clare College, Cambridge, with whom he has performed both as a chorus member and soloist
across the UK, Europe, and USA, notably in the Library of Congress, Washington DC,
the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Westminster Abbey, with ensembles such as the
LPO, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
In September 2016 Joshua is looking forward to beginning his studies at the Royal College
of Music for a Masters in Composition for Screen.
April 2015: John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers
It is with great regret that the judging panel have decided that the entries were
not of sufficiently high quality to merit an award this year.
June 2013: John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers
We are delighted to announce that from a very wide international field, William
Cole of Clare College Cambridge is the winner of the John Sanders Memorial Competition
for Young Composers 2013. The first performance of William Cole's prize composition,
an unaccompanied setting of Let all mortal flesh keep silence, will take
place in Gloucester Cathedral at the 10.15am Eucharist on Sunday 17th November 2013.
Conductor and composer William Cole was born in London in 1990. He began his musical
education as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral, before gaining both academic and
music scholarships to Winchester College. While at Winchester, William led performances
of works by Purcell, Tchaikovsky and Wagner, as well as conducting a performance
of his own orchestral work Release with the Winchester College Symphony Orchestra.
After a summer as Musical Director of a production of My Fair Lady with
RicNic Productions (for which he was nominated for a Curtain Call Award), William
spent his gap year as Head of Strings at Woodberry Forest School, Virginia, a position
which involved close work with the school’s major ensembles, as well as acting as
the school’s composer-in-residence. Since taking up a place at Clare College, Cambridge
to read Music with a Choral Award, William has combined singing in the world-class
Chapel Choir with conducting all of the university’s major ensembles in a broad
range of orchestral and contemporary repertoire, including performances of Feldman’s
Rothko Chapel, an operatic double bill of Holst’s Savitri and
The Wandering Scholar and symphonic works by Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Shostakovich.
Future projects include a range of orchestral works, as well as Tippett’s A Child
of our Time and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
William is also active as a pianist, with future recitals both in Cambridge and
around the UK. As a composer he has studied with Robert Saxton, Giles Swayne and
Richard Causton, and has enjoyed masterclasses with composers such as Judith Weir,
Julian Anderson and Robin Holloway. His music has been heard both in Cambridge and
further afield, including venues in London, Basingstoke, Cornwall and in America.
Winner of the 2010 Clare College Carol Composition Prize and 2011 Clare College
Chamber Music Prize, William also enjoyed the premiere of his new work for choir
and orchestra, I Died for Beauty, in Winchester Cathedral in November.
March 2012: New page of Research & Interviews
A number of articles and interviews are now available to the public from the new
Research & Interviews page. Here, the Society is
pleased to be able to make available for download an Analysis of The Reproaches
(by former Gloucester Cathedral chorister, Douglas Mason), a dissertation on the
life and music of John Sanders (by Anna Turmeau), and an interview with John Sanders
from March 1994 (by John Brooks)
October 2011: New recording of John Sanders' work
A new CD from Douai Abbey,
Catholic Collection III, featuring the Douai Abbey Singers directed by Dr
John Rowntree, and Monks' Schola directed by Dom Alban Hood, has been released.
It includes Dr John Sanders 'Missa Beata Maria Virgine', although it's listed on
the sleeve as 'Missa Alme Pater'.
'Missa Beata Maria Virgine' was written by Dr Sanders for Douai Abbey, and
published in 2003 by Banks Music Publications.
The Society was determined this year that, despite the rather disappointing quality
of entries for the Composition Competition, the opportunity should not be missed
for maintaining its contribution to the general cathedral and college repertoire.
Accordingly the Society commissioned the very talented young composer Matthew Martin
to compose a setting of the wonderful text from Revelation "And I saw a New Heaven".
Matthew has created a wonderful piece of music entitled "A Song of New Jerusalem"
which has already been performed by Gloucester Cathedral Choir, and which has since
been published to wide acclaim by
April 23rd 2011: The John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young
There was a wide field of entries from as far as Taiwan, Russia, Italy and the United
States, as well as from the United Kingdom. The text from the book of Revelation,
"And I saw a New Heaven", was a demanding one, calling for considerable creative
and inventive skill.
However, after careful and painstaking examination and discussion the judges decided
that there was not a single composition which merited this valuable award.
Accordingly the judges have decided not to make the award this year.
November 3rd 2009: We are pleased to announce that The Sanders
Society has achieved charitable status (Registered Charity Number 1132420). This
change in status provide certain tax benefits to the Society, tax relief for subscriptions
and donations (subject to members'/donors' tax status) and will also enhance the
Members paying tax in the UK may wish to download the recent Newsletter from the
Members area to print out and complete a Gift Aim form.
September 10th 2009: The Annual General Meeting
of the Sanders Society will take place in the Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral
at 5.15 pm. on Saturday 10th October 2009.
September 10th 2009: There will be a brief Special General
Meeting of the Society in the Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral at
11.15 am. on Sunday 4th October 2009. The purpose of the meeting
will be to ratify the amended Objects of constitution (see below). Once this is
complete, the Charitable Status of The Sanders Society will be assured.
The objects of the charity are:
- To promote the public knowledge and appreciation of the works of Dr John Sanders
by such means as are charitable.
- To advance the education and appreciation of music for the public benefit, in particular
but not exclusively by supporting choral music for the liturgy.
- To advance the education of the public in the subject of the composition of church
music by means of:
- organisation and delivery of a biennial competition for young composers; and
- the encouragement and development of young musicians in their study and work in
maintaining and advancing the cathedral choral tradition.