Sunday 8 November 2015

British Composer Awards

The shortlist for this year's British Composer Awards has been announced, with a remarkable diversity of work showcased. The awards is now in its 13th year is organised by BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. This year 420 works, which received a UK premiere performance in the year leading up to 31 March 2015, were submitted by over 270 composers. The winners in each category will be announced at the British Film Institute on Wednesday 9th December 2015.

The shortlist incudes 33 composers in 12 categories, including Contemporary Jazz Composition, Choral, Sonic Art, Liturgical and Community or Educational Project, with 40 per cent of those shortlisted being first-time nominees. The diverse stles of work span a choral piece composed to the rhythm of skateboarders, collaborations across the creative arts and a science fiction opera. You can learn more and hear extracts from the works at the British Composer Awards website. The winning works will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now in December.

See the full shortlist after the break:

2015 British Composer Awards Shortlist
Amateur or Young Performers
Alive by Kate Whitley
In Search of Strategy by Chris Roe
Visioni Simultanee by Richard Bullen
Papaver by Dai Fujikura
Stabat Mater dolorosa by James Dillon
St Luke Passion by James MacMillan
Community or Educational Project
GRIND by Samuel Bordoli
Snapshot Songs by Stuart Hancock
Tycho's Dream by Luke Styles
Contemporary Jazz Composition
As I Was Saying... by Django Bates
'SAMA' Project by Mike Williams
The Fox, The Parakeet & The Chestnut by Trish Clowes
Large Chamber
Many stares (through semi-nocturnal Zeiss-Blink) - Module 30 by Sinan Savaskan
Mosaic by Matthew Kaner
Winding Bodies, 3 Knots by Liza Lim
John the Baptist by Michael Finnissy
Little Mass by James MacMillan
Salve Regina by Kerry Andrew
Apollinaire's Bird by John Casken
Études-Tableaux by Ryan Wigglesworth
Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless by Harrison Birtwistle
Small Chamber
Piano Quintet by Richard Causton
String Quartet No.2 by Julian Anderson
The Ruins of Detroit by Gavin Higgins
Solo or Duo
Beat Generation Ballads by Michael Finnissy
Day Break Shadows Flee by Judith Weir
Glitschig by Sohrab Uduman
Sonic Art
Currents by Yann Seznec
Phantom Voices by Christopher Fox
Twinkle by Andrea Patrick Byrne
Stage Works
Bayadère - The Ninth Life by Gabriel Prokofiev
Thebans by Julian Anderson
Things We Throw Away by Brian Irvine
Wind Band or Brass Band
A Child Like You by Andy Scott
Muckle Flugga by Rory Boyle
Sonata for Brass Band on a Prelude of Orlando Gibbons by Robert Saxton

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