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Faculty of Music

2017 Bliss Prize for Composition

The Faculty of Music is delighted to announce that Alex Ho is the winner of the 2017 Bliss Prize for Composition. The award is made for the best portfolio of compositions submitted in either the M.Phil or Part II of the Music Tripos.

Alex has had compositions performed by the likes of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Psappha Ensemble, Ensemble Paramirabo, Unassisted Fold, Roderick Williams, Sholto Kynoch, and the choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and Merton College, Oxford. His music has been heard in venues across the UK, Italy, Canada and China, and has featured in festivals including Sound Festival (Aberdeen), Oxford Lieder Festival, Oxford Festival of the Arts, St. Matthew's Patronal Festival (London), and Highscore Festival (Pavia, Italy). Alex studied music at Oxford University, graduating with first-class honours in 2016, before completing a master’s in composition at Cambridge University in 2017 with Jeremy Thurlow and Christian Mason where he was generously supported by the Les Azuriales Opera Trust and the William Barclay Squire Fund. Alex was also joint-winner of the Philip Bates Composition Competition in 2016 and is an associate of the LSO Soundhub scheme for 2017/18.