World’s first digital composer-in-residence

Competition winner to be announced at London Sinfonietta concert
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Competition winner to be announced at London Sinfonietta concert

The battle to become the world’s first digital composer-in-residence reaches its climax tomorrow evening, when the three finalists’ works are performed by members of the London Sinfonietta.

Composers Aaron Gervais, Chiayu and David T Little are all competing for the chance to win a year-long digital residency on DilettanteMusic.com, the website behind the competition, and £1000. Over the next year the winning composer will be involved in online masterclasses, a composer’s blog, podcasts, and forum discussions. And, at the end of the year, there’ll be a concert premiere of one of the winner's new works.

A panel of judges, including composers Jennifer Higdon, Anna Meredith and Nico Muly, whittled down hundreds of entries to just three, Gervais's Sensational Revolution in Medicine for soprano and speaking pianist, Chiayu's Zhi for violin and piano and David T Little's 1986 for string quartet were then recorded by the London Sinfonietta, and were published on DilettanteMusic.com.

Since 20 October visitors to the website have been voting for their favourite; voting ends at midnight tonight. The winner will be announced at Wilton’s Music Hall, London on 5 November, at a concert hosted by conductor and presenter Charles Hazlewood.