Henfrey Prize 2021-22 final concert

Staff, students and others gathered last week for the final concert of this year’s Henfrey Prize for Composition.

The competition, now in its fifth year, offers Oxford students and recent graduates the chance to work with professional musicians on a piece of music that they have composed.

In addition to the guidance and mentoring received by the candidates during a series of workshops, their pieces are also professionally played and recorded in the final competition concert.

This year’s final concert featured three contenders and their compositions:

  • Leo Geyer: Suspended in Time
  • Piers Connor Kennedy: Carpenter Suite
  • Tan Tiag Yi: Cross Sections

The finalists worked on their compositions throughout this academic year, including during workshops with the period wind-instrument group Boxwood & Brass.

Composer and Catz alumnus Mark Simpson (2008, Music) was there to judge the contest and awarded a special commendation to Tan Tiag Yi for his engagement and effort throughout the process.

The Henfrey Prize for Composition is generously supported by alumnus and Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s, Tony Henfrey (1963, Chemistry).

The competition will return later this year for the 2022-23 prize.

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