Morgan won the BBC Proms Inspire Competition for young composers last year with his piece entitled ‘Two Boys’; a setting of a Walt Whitman poem. Part of his prize, alongside the accolade of having his winning composition performed and recorded at a special Proms Extra event and then featured on BBC Radio 3, was a much-coveted BBC commission.
“We are incredibly proud of Morgan’s on-going composition success,” says Oakham’s Director of Music, Peter Davis. “To have two pieces of his work showcased on BBC Radio 3, before he has even turned 18, is an incredible accolade, something many composers could only dream of!”
The brand new piece of music Morgan has composed will broadcast on Sunday 15 October from a live concert held at the Wellcome Collection in London - a space that creates opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art. The concert, which Morgan will attend to hear his piece performed, is part of the BBC’s ‘Why Music? The Key to Memory’ – a special weekend exploring music and memory.
Morgan’s commission is for the ‘Created out of Mind’ project, which aims to explore, challenge and shape perceptions and understanding of dementias through science and the creative arts. His piece is a suite of five short movements called 'I’m Making a Statement', which was inspired from texts from 'The Things Between Us', an anthology of poetry from the charity Living Words.
“The anthology covers many different forms of dementias, so I was keen to explore multiple avenues in the work,” explains Morgan. “I took texts from different sections of the anthology and as such, each of the movements is in a very different style.”
Morgan’s piece is being sung by the National Youth Choir’s Fellowship octet. “As well as being absolutely thrilled to have won the commission, it has also been a really interesting learning experience,” adds Morgan. “It has been particularly fascinating for me to meet the singers before the composition even began – as this was a new experience and allowed me to compose in a completely different way,” adds Morgan.
Whilst Morgan began composing aged just six years old, his real talent in composition, along with the successes he has enjoyed, have built steadily over the last few years, during his time at Oakham School. Morgan is certainly no stranger to composition success despite his young age, having already twice been a prizewinner in Britten Young Songwriter Competition (in 2013 and 2014), the highly regarded Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition in 2014, selected as one of three finalists in the MMA Amadeus Composition Competition in 2016, and having been commissioned to compose for a professional ensemble!
“Winning the BBC Proms Inspire Competition is a wonderful acknowledgement of his exceptional talent,” continues Director of Music, Peter Davis, who also teaches Morgan for composition. “It is a wonderful milestone in his musical life, and it further cements Oakham’s national reputation for musical excellence.”
Morgan continues to compose prodigiously, and is currently writing music for his IB Diploma course and forthcoming competitions.