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Old Member Marco Galvani is one of seven winners in Classic FM's 25th Birthday Commissions competition

4 May 2017

Throughout 2017 Classic FM is celebrating its 25th birthday with a series of special concerts and events. The 25th Birthday Commissions competition, in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society, commissioned brand-new pieces of classical music, written by composers who are no older than Classic FM itself.

Seven winners have now been decided including former Choral Scholar and Old Member Marco Galvani (22)  from Prenton on the Wirral.  One of Marco’s works features on the choir’s latest CD which recently reached number one in the Specialist Classical Music chart.

The entrants’ work was considered by an eminent panel of judges, including Classic FM’s Composer-in-Residence, Debbie Wiseman, and the composer for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambriddge, Paul Mealor.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor said:

‘Over 350,000 Classic FM listeners are younger than the station itself – and in this, our 25th birthday year, we’re so excited to be showcasing the music of these seven brilliant composers to our wider audience of 5.4 million people.’

Each composer will be allocated an event at which their piece will be premiered. These events include The Welsh Proms and Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Celebration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. With varying ensemble sizes, each composer will be paid professional rates for their work, which will be recorded live and broadcast to Classic FM’s 5.3 million listeners throughout the UK.

Marco Galvani