Winners' works performed live in concert
Garritan's first annual Garritan Personal Orchestra Orchestration Competition has come to an end.
Nearly 200 entrants submitted pieces of music created using GPO, all aiming for the grand prize of having their work performed by the Czech Republic's Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the event, the judges decided that the top four entries were so close, and of such high quality, that all four should receive a public performance.
Gary Garritan said, "The winning entries were masterful on all fronts — superb composition, extremely well-orchestrated, well-produced and made excellent use of Personal Orchestra. The entries were outstanding."
The grand prize winner was 18-year-old Richard Birdsall from Teeside, who created his piece, entitled 'Knights and Magic', using only GPO, Sibelius and a mouse! The three runners-up were Kentaro Sato, Craig Reeves and William Pearson.
You can listen to all four pieces on the Garritan web site.
Plans are already under way for the 2006 GPO competition, so watch this space...