Winner of the 2019 Sir David Willcocks carol competition announced

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Winner of the 2019 Sir David Willcocks carol competition announced

The winner of this year’s Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition is Aaron King whose carol, ‘A Spotless Rose’, really impressed judges John Rutter, David Hill and Jonathan Willcocks. Aaron’s carol will be performed at ‘Carols at Cadogan’ on Wednesday 18th December.

Commenting on the winning entry, John Rutter described it as a sensitive, beautifully-voiced setting of a text made famous a century ago by Herbert Howells; Aaron King’s setting takes its place alongside Lauridsen and Whitacre in the heart-easing genre of ‘new choral gentleness with a spiritual flavour’. He added it will find a welcome with many choirs.

Aaron is a composer currently based in Gloucestershire. He studied music at Hertford College, Oxford, graduating with a 1st class degree and winning the inaugural Oxford University Music Society Composition Competition. While at Oxford he directed the Hertford College Chapel Choir and the Oxford University String Ensemble. Aaron has had a strong interest in composing choral music since a young age: he was a chorister at Tewkesbury Abbey from the age of 8-13 and since then he has sung with various choirs including the Chapel Choirs of Merton and Keble Colleges (Oxford), the Rodolfus Choir, and the BBC Proms Youth Choir. His choral music has been performed at various venues across the UK and abroad, most recently at Truro Cathedral by the Luceat Choir.

Aaron also has a strong interest in composing for instrumental genres including music for film, musical theatre and concert performance. He has composed music for several short films as well as three musicals. In 2020 he will pursue an MA in composing at the National Film and Television School under the BAFTA award winning composer John Keane.

Aaron is thrilled and honoured to have been chosen as winner of the Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition and is greatly looking forward to hearing his music being performed by The Bach Choir.