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Emily Peasgood with her award

Lucy Thraves


British Composer Awards 2018 winners revealed

4:17, 5th December 2018

The winners of the British Composer Awards 2018 winners were revealed last night at a ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 3 presents Andrew McGregor and Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

The category winners are:

Amateur or Young Performers

Microscopic Dances by Oliver Searle – a piece which uses digital technologies to provide the opportunity for disabled and non-disabled musicians to play together in an integrated ensemble.

Chamber Ensemble

Libro di fiammelle e ombre by James Weeks – a work inspired by the early modern period.

In the Land of Uz by Judith Weir – a dramatization of the Book of Job.

Community or Educational Project
The Umbrella by Liam Taylor-West – a composition for disabled and non-disabled young musicians, using a unique combination of electronic and acoustic instruments.

Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble
Afronaut by Cassie Kinoshi – a piece inspired by Samuel R Delaney’s science-fiction writing.

Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble
Close to Ecstasy by Simon Lasky – a work that combines improvisation and detailed scoring.

Deep Time by Harrison Birtwistle – the composer’s eighth British Composer Award, a piece which examines the concept of time.

 Small Chamber
Unbreathed by Rebecca Saunders – a piece which uses sonic manipulation of string techniques and musical form, with poetic inscriptions on the score.

Solo or Duo
The Harmonic Canon by Dominic Murcott – a part-musical instrument, part-public work of art, specially composed for a computer-designed double bell.

Sonic Art
Halfway to Heaven by Emily Peasgood – an interactive sound installation created to celebrate the rediscovery of a lost Baptist burial ground in Folkestone.

Stage Works
Shorelines by Oliver Coates – a music-theatre composition for string and pre-recorded sound inspired by the North Sea Flood of 1953.

Wind Band or Brass Band
The Turing Test by Simon Dobson – a piece that explores Alan Turing’s theories around artificial intelligence.

Two composers were presented with Gift of BASCA Awards in recognition of their contributions to new music throughout their careers to date:

  • Sally Beamish was presented with the British Composer Award for Inspiration in recognition of her long career as a composer, violist and pianist
  • Trevor Wishart was presented with the British Composer Award for Innovation for his work as a pioneer of sonic art

‘The passion, creativity and dedication to music demonstrated by this year’s winners is deeply inspiring and humbling,’ said Crispin Hunt, chair of BASCA. ‘A record year for submissions, the new music landscape in Britain proves itself time and again to be more vibrant, dynamic and vivacious than ever, engaging with a diverse range of ideas and audiences. This is a hugely exciting time to be a creator or appreciator of new music.’

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a programme dedicated to the British Composer Awards at 9.20pm on Sunday 9 December.

For more information visit www.britishcomposerawards.com or follow @ComposerAwards.

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