Sampling Holst winner gets Radio 3 airplay
Ben Clayton-Wolfindale, the winner of Morley's Sampling Holst competition, had his winning piece played on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction on 19 September.
The piece is entitled "I Lived On Planet You", and is dedicated to Ben's late wife Emma, who passed away in November 2017 and whose birthday coincided with the closing date for the competition. The Late Junction episode can be listened to on BBC iPlayer here, with the piece beginning at the 34:45 mark. A brief discussion of the piece and of Sampling Holst follows at the 39:44 mark. You can also listen to the piece by itself below:
Sampling Holst ran as one of the events at our Festival of Arts and Culture this summer. Under the title of "Planets", the festival marked the centenary of the premiere of the Planets suite by Gustav Holst, who was working as our Director of Music at the time of its composition and performance. Sampling Holst invited musicians to create original pieces of music using a selection of samples from The Planets, and judges for the competition included Late Junction's host Max Reinhardt, American music producer Jeff Mills, and composer Gabriel Prokofiev. The winning pieces will be released on the debut album from Morley's new record label, TERM Records, which is set to be launched this autumn.
You can listen to Ben's other compositions on Bandcamp.