The R A Vestey Memorial Trust Composition Competition

The Trustees of the R. A. Vestey Memorial Trust invited composers to create a choral setting of the poem “Before Action”, written by William Noel Hodgson, M.C., war poet and youngest son of the first Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

The winning entry was composed by David Fawcett, a classical composer and professional musician living and working in Swanage, in Dorset’s beautiful Isle of Purbeck. He writes sacred and secular choral music for a range of types of choir, from small church choirs of limited resources, through to experienced chamber choirs and large choral societies. Most of his existing output is sacred choral music, with secular works being added to the catalogue.

The world première will be given by St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir on 7 November, 2018 at the Eve of Peace service commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1