Ragnar Bohlin

Ragnar Bohlin will judge the final six works in the 2018 competition. To find out more about Ragnar, visit his website,




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Caritas International Emerging Composer Competition 2018

We’re delighted to announce the six finalists for our Competition. We had three times the number of entries this year than last year, from five continents! The finalists are:

We’ll also be performing the final commission of the year from our current Caritas Composer of the Year, Sarah Cattley, entitled Return to Nature.

Come and join us on 21st July 7.30pm at the Colyer-Fergusson Building where Ragnar Bohlin, Director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, will be our lead judge!

We’re expecting to be busy soclick here to get your tickets early!

Ragnar Bohlin is a Swedish conductor born in 1965.
A Grammy award winner, Bohlin is director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. With them he has conducted works such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor and Christmas Oratorio, Poulenc’s Figure Humaine and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He is in demand as a guest conductor, having conducted the Malmö Symphony, the São Paulo Symphony and Chorus, The Fundacion Excelentia in Madrid, with whom he conducted Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as well as the Swedish Radio Choir and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra in Fredrik Sixten’s Requiem.

In 2014, Bohlin founded the professional chamber choir Cappella SF. As their director he has recorded a Christmas CD and a CD with music by Bay Area composers David Conte and Conrad Susa.

He holds a master’s degree in organ and conducting as well as a postgraduate degree in conducting from the Conservatory of Music in Stockholm. Bohlin studied conducting with choral conductor Eric Ericson, piano with Peter Feuchtwanger in London and voice with the Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda.

With his Swedish choirs, KFUMs Chamber Choir, the Maria Magdalena Motet Choir and the Maria Vocal Ensemble, Bohlin has won numerous prizes in international competitions. He has appeared regularly on Swedish radio and recorded a CD with the Swedish Radio Choir and trombonist/composer Christian Lindberg. He has also worked with the Ericson Chamber Choir and the Royal Opera Choir of Stockholm.

Bohlin has taught at the Conservatory in Stockholm and has been a visiting professor at Indiana University, Michigan University and Miami University. Since 2009 he has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was the recipient of the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for the recording of Mahler’s Symphony no. 8. He has been awarded the Johannes Norrby award for ‘expanding the horizon of the Swedish choral scene’ and in 2013 with the SACC Cultural Award.

Sarah Cattley was the winner of the Caritas International Young Composer Competition 2017.


Competition winner, Sarah Cattley, with (left to right) Peter Bajetta, David Conte, Benedict Preece, Lewis Edmunds and Sam Ritter

Sarah’s piece The Pardoner’s Song, for choir with piano accompaniment, was chosen by judge David Conte as the winner from a very strong field in the Final Concert at The Colyer-Fergusson Building, Canterbury.

The runners up were:
Peter Bajetta, Italy, Chaunticleer 
Chad Cagle, USA, The Friar 
Stewart Duncan, USA, Behold Adam 
Lewis Edmunds, UK, Radix malorum est cupiditas 
Sam Ritter, USA, Radix malorum est cupiditas

The evening ended with a standing ovation for contestants, choir Musical Director and Judge. You can see an interview with Sarah and a brief report on the final from ITV Meridian newshere.