By Dalia Cohen
The University of St Andrews will be holding a composition competition to mark the 600th anniversary of the University. As part of the competition people will be invited to submit their own anthem to mark the occasion.
The University will be celebrating its 600th anniversary in 2013. Celebrations for this much anticipated mile stone will begin at the graduation ceremonies in 2011 and continue until St Andrews day 2013.
The composition competition is aimed at young composers, and is an opportunity to celebrate the anniversary through the medium of music. The winning composition will be played throughout the University’s celebrations, with the winning composer receiving a prize of £1000.
In addition, the shortlisted composers will be given the chance to perform with the University’s Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a public concert for the compositions on April 21.
Patrick Degg, Director of Development fully supports the idea, saying “This is an opportunity for one young composer to write themselves into the history of Scotland’s oldest university.” The deadline for entries is January 7th 2011.
As well as the St Andrews anthem, there will be a film charting the University’s past, present and hopes for the future. The University is greatly anticipating the involvement of the renowned Scottish film maker Murray Grigor with the planned film, which will be shown around the world during the anniversary period. Gigor’s involvement reflects the pride the university feels about celebrating its heritage.
Siena Parker, Director of Representation at the Students’ Association is anticipating the prospect of the film to mark the occasion saying, “It’s a great opportunity for the University to move forward in using different types of media to appeal to both potential donors, alumni and prospective students .”
Degg reflects on how the University is anticipating “ looking towards discoveries yet to be made, questions to be answered, and connections to be born that will shape tomorrow’s world,”
In addition, Principal Louise Richardson expressed how she is honoured to be able to lead the University into its “600th anniversary celebrations and into a seventh century of academic achievement.”