The renowned Caritas Chamber Choir invited David Conte to serve as composer-in-residence and adjudicator for the 2017 International Young Composer Competition. The final concert took place July 9, 2017 at the Canterbury Cathedral in England.
This inaugural competition is presented by Music Director Benedict Preece and the Caritas Chamber Choir. Young composers from the UK and abroad were invited to write a new choral composition based on
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Sarah Cattley (b. 1995) of Cambridge won for her work for choir and piano. Caritas Chamber Choir will make a professional recording of the piece later in the year.
The primary objectives of this competition are to raise the profile of young composers of new choral music, attract interest and motivate young composers both in the UK and abroad. A further objective is to promote the ancient City of Canterbury: not only its famed connection with Chaucer, but also its long, rich, history of choral music.