Posted on 8 February 2018
James Cave's setting of 'Ave Maria', commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of York Minster for the Nine Lessons and Carols 2016, has been selected for inclusion on a new CD of pieces written for York Minster. James' work will be recorded by the Minster choir, and will appear alongside pieces by composers including Philip Moore, Judith Bingham, Richard Shephard, Francis Grier and Francis Jackson. The CD will be released on Regent Records later this year.
James has also been announced as the winner of the ‘Same Notes – Ten Times Sweeter’ Competition. The competition called for a composition for unaccompanied descant or treble recorder, three to four minutes long. Cave’s winning piece will be performed by Carmen Troncoso in St. George’s Hanover Square, London on 22 March 2018. The performance will act as part of the Laurence Sterne Trust's commemoration of Sterne’s funeral, held in the same church exactly 250 years earlier. James also receives a prize of £500.
The piece takes its inspiration from Sterne’s character Maria, who appears in both Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey, and plays 'her vespers upon her pipe, with her little goat beside her'.