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Earlier this year The Bach Choir announced an exciting new initiative – a composers’ competition. Composers were invited to submit a piece for adult choir, children’s choir and an ensemble of piano, bass, percussion and flute. The theme was The Pied Piper of Hamelin. 

We are thrilled to announce that the winning composer (unanimously chosen by John Rutter, David Hill and Nick Cutts) is…Ian Assersohn

Congratulations to Ian! We look forward to performing his winning entry which will be the centrepiece of our next Outreach concert on June 16th 2017.

Ian is a composer and choral director living in Surrey. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag.

Ian won the 2010 Making Music competition, the 2014 Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival composition competition and the 2014 Nicola Dando Prize.

He has written many choral works including shanty arrangements, a humanist requiem, a biblical cantata and a children’s musical. His largest work to date is Dies Irae, a cantata for soloists, three choirs and orchestra. It commemorates the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and will receive its premiere at Dorking Halls on November 26th 2016.