Composition prize recognises students' fanfare for Chancellor
For last year’s installation of our new Chancellor, Lady Justice Rafferty, a special fanfare was composed by music student Emily Compton, and performed during the ceremony by Emily and other musicians from the University. The piece titled ‘Fanfare for the New Chancellor of Sheffield University’, which you can listen to via the video to the right, was recently recognised by the Eileen Sellar’s Composition Prize.
The Prize, which celebrates a student at the University who has displayed particular accomplishment in composition, was made possible thanks to a legacy left by Mrs Eileen Sellars (BA Latin & French 1943, Dip Ed 1944). Eileen taught classics and music at Sheffield High School, and was a passionate and talented musician herself who inspired and encouraged an appreciation of music in many others.
Emily is due to graduate from the University in 2018 and is now focusing her work primarily on composition, in the hopes of going on to complete a Masters at a Conservatoire, studying composition and music for the screen.
We spoke to Emily about how she felt to have been involved and, ever the artist, she replied with some wonderful poetry.
How does it make you feel to have composed this piece?
Feelings come and feelings go,
Music is a feeling more powerful and exotic,
I guess you may say
For a moment or two I was focused not blue
I was happy to do what I know you few
Composing is what I love, and I love what I do.
What would you like to say to Eileen for this support?
Thank you for supporting the arts.
It is difficult to get a
But with a chin raised up to the sky so high,
(…And musicians, too)
Thank you, Eileen, for this Composition Prize, and
We are delighted that such a wonderful piece of work, which has now been incorporated into the University’s history, has been able to be recognised in this way, and we eagerly look forward to following where Emily’s future compositional works take her.
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