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Ruth Sellar wins Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition 2018

A Christmas carol composed by Ruth Sellar, a First Class Honours graduate from Kings College London, has won the second year of the Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition with her composition ‘The Snow Lies Thick’.

It will be performed by The Bach Choir conducted by David Hill, Music Director, at Carols at Cadogan on Wednesday 19th December. The Bach Choir is described by the London Evening Standard as: “Probably the finest independent choir in the world.”

Ruth is no newcomer to competition winning. In 2012 she was a winner in the Classic FM ‘A Carol for Christmas’ competition with her carol, ‘Patapan’, for community choir; this was performed in King’s College Cambridge and has since been published by Novello.

Following the end of her studies she began a career in teaching the piano and violin, and currently teaches at Bilton Grange Preparatory School in Rugby, as well as privately.

She said of her win: “I was so delighted to receive this wonderful news that I had been selected as the winner of the Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition. I am very much looking forward to the concert on 19th December!”

She says she very much enjoys working with children and finds music teaching to be a wonderful means of sharing her passion for music.  As a performer, her main love is accompanying, including for school concerts and examinations.  The school holidays provide an opportunity for composition; Ruth has written repertoire for Bilton Grange ensembles and her church choir, amongst others.

Ruth’s carol ‘The Snow lies Thick’ marks a very recent return to composing following a break for several years for health reasons.  As such, she would like her success to be viewed particularly as a thank you to the family, friends and colleagues who have supported her, and she is excited to be resuming her love of composition once again.

Judges of the Competition were David Hill, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Bob Chilcott, composer and conductor, and composer and conductor Jonathan Willcocks (son of Sir David)

This is the second Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition, which is now held each year as a memorial to Sir David Willcocks, who was musical director of The Bach Choir for 38 years from 1960-1998, and conductor laureate thereafter until his death in 2015. The cash prize is provided by the David Willcocks Music Trust.

David Hill, Musical Director of The Bach Choir says of this new carol: “Ruth’s carol is very well written; it was the stand-out choice and a very worthy winner of the Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition. We look forward very much to performing it.”

Carols at Cadogan – Wednesday 19 December 2018 at 7.30pm

  • The Bach Choir
  • Philip Scriven – organ
  • London City Brass
  • David Hill – conductor

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