The winner of a competition to become the world’s first digital composer-in-residence has been announced. American composer David T Little was awarded first prize for his string quartet 1986, after winning a public vote run by the classical music website www.DilettanteMusic.com.
The London Sinfonietta gave performances of the works by the three finalists at a concert in the Wilton Music Hall in London, hosted by presenter and conductor Charles Hazlewood. Little successfully beat fellow finalists Aaron Gervais and Chiayu to scoop £1,000 and a year-long-digital residency on the website.
Little’s winning quartet is based on the tune ‘My Grandfather’s Clock’. ‘I have my own connections to this song,’ he says, ‘which I must have played hundreds, if not thousands of times as a boy playing in a fife and drum corps in New Jersey.’