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Gabriel Williams wins first prize at international composition competition

Posted on 9 March 2017

Undergraduate student Gabriel Williams has been awarded first prize in the 2017 International Composers' Competition 'Musica per Archi' held in Lviv, Ukraine, with his piece Hebridianus.

As well as 800USD, the piece will be published by Aldebaran Editions. A video of the live performance of the piece is available on the YouTube channel of KLKNewMusic.

The piece is inspired by the heterophonic singing style of the Hebredian islands of Scotland. This style, once common throughout Britain, is a kind of Indo-European aboriginal music. Though used in Christian services, the simple melodies have their roots in a time much earlier. The singing is characterised by its waling, improvisatory and expressive lamentational style similar to Byzantium chant.

Gabriel Williams obtained scholarships from both the Purcell School for young musicians under Joseph Phibbs and the Junior Royal Academy of Music under Edmund Jollife. More recently he has been nominated for Best Score in the Screentest Film Festival for his work with a film by Jai Rodgers. Gabriel is currently working on a composition portfolio under Thomas Simaku for his final year under-graduate degree at the University or York.