I was thrilled to win the Cantus Ensemble's composition prize for my new Magnificat. Each of the four finalists for the prize had a new Magnificat premiered, all designed to be paired with Arvo Pärt's beautiful Nunc Dimittis. My piece used aleatoric arpeggios to take the tintinnabulation in the Pärt one step further. The Cantus Ensemble and director Dominic Brennan performed the works alongside Parry's 'Songs of Farewell' at St Gabriel's, Warwick Square for their final concert of the season. Aberdeen was well represented, with my fellow PhD student Alison Willis also winning the audience choice award for her piece.