Following a highly competitive selection process, Dr David Hill, Artistic Director of the Charles Wood Festival and Summer School, has selected 22-year-old Jack Oades from Devon as winner of the Festival's Composition Competition. It was created to mark the 150th birthday of Charles Wood.
Jack Oades (22), from Devon, is a music graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge he had a busy life as a performer, composer and conductor.
Formally the organ scholar of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, he both directed and accompanied the chapel choir, as well as selecting and composing the music in consultation with the College's Dean of Chapel. He is currently organ scholar at St German's Cathedral on the Isle of Man and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. An avid composer, Jack has written works for choir, string orchestra, organ, piano and various chamber ensembles.
Jack's setting of O Most Merciful, an 1827 text by Reginald Heber, will be performed by the Charles Wood Singers as the introit to BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong from the Charles Wood Festival - recorded Thursday 25 at 5pm in St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, and broadcast on Wednesday 31 August at 3.30pm on BBC Radio 3. It will also be performed at the Festival's Gala Concert on Friday 26 August at 8pm in St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral.