Charles Blackham Memorial Competition 2020

Event date
Saturday 1 February, 15:00 - 16:30

The annual Charles Blackham Memorial competition will be held this year on Saturday 1st February 2019, in the College Chapel, starting at 3:00pm.

The competition is held early in the Lent Term in memory of the late chair of the Christ's College Music Society (m.2007) and the prize of £200 is generously donated by Mrs Sally Blackham, Charles's mother.

The competition is now open to all instrumentalists and singers in College, of all standards, although previous competition winners will not be eligible to enter again.

A maximum of five applicants will perform in the final recital competition in the Chapel.  If more than five performers apply, preliminary auditions will be held, during which applicants will perform a short section of their repertoire.


Andrew Wang (Piano): Scarlatti Sonata in B minor - K27; Liebestraum no 2; Debussy Sarabande from pour le piano

Emily Newlyn (Voice): Batti batti' from Mozart's Don Giovanni; ‘Ave Maria' by Schubert [German]; ‘Autumn Evening’ by Quilter ‘Il Barcielo' by Donizietti

Nicholas Edwards (Organ): Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor BWV 542 (Bach); Carillon from 24 Pièces en style libre (Vierne)

James Tett (Organ): Choraleprelude on ‘In dir ist Freude’ BWV 615 - JS Bach; Choraleprelude on ‘Durch Adam’s Fall ist ganz Verderbt’ BWV 637 - JS Bach; ‘Intermezzo’ from Sonata No 6 Op. 116 - J Rheinberger ‘Allegro Con brio’ from Sonata No 4 Op. 65 - F Mendelssohn

Sebastian Gorgon (Piano): Prokofiev - Sonata no.6, 1st mvt; Ligeti - Musica Ricercata, 6th mvt; Debussy - Etude pour les accords

Each candidate will perform 15 minutes of music abd have selected contrasting pieces that demonstrate a range of capabilities.

The competition will be judge by a panel of three, comprising the Director of Music, Professor David Rowland; a Senior Fellow; and the Chair of CCMS.