Nine First-Time Winners Revealed at the British Composer Awards 2014

11/12/2014

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Nine First-Time Winners Revealed at the British Composer Awards 2014

 

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has announced the winners of the 2014 British Composer Awards, sponsored by PRS for Music, in a ceremony in the magnificent setting of London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall.The keynote speaker for the evening was Dame Evelyn Glennie who also presented the Awards to the winners. Hereloquent and passionate key note speech was  a salute to the musical creativity of the UK

In the 13 categories there were no less than nine first time winners: Django Bates, Steve Forman, Ed Hughes, Martin Iddon, Cecilia McDowall, Kaija Saariaho, Rebecca Saunders, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Tom White.

 Django BatesThe Study of Touch won the Contemporary Jazz Composition category. The Study of Touch was written for the Grammy-nominated Norrbotten Big Band from northern Sweden who gave the UK premiere at the BBC Proms with Bates’ own Belovèd Trio.

The Making Music Award was won by Steve Forman with Loch Awe. Forman’s award-winning piece is a dreamscape, a tone-poem for wind band and percussion. The music requires the players to use their imagination to convey the sounds and beauty of dawn on an autumn morning at Loch Awe. They had to imagine being in a canoe, gliding through the still waters and listening to the sounds of the water and the weather. The music is written so that no two performances are the same, as this reflects the changing weather and water at Loch Awe each day.

Ed Hughes was the winner in the Liturgical category with Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey for solo organ. The work is in memory of Jonathan Harvey who Hughes assisted on his final choral composition in summer 2012, ‘Plainsongs for Peace and Light’.

The winner of the Chamber category was Martin Iddon for Danaë. The piece is written for string trio but with a serious physical restriction on the performers: they perform throughout with a bow in each hand!.

Cecilia McDowall’s Night Flight was the winner in the Choral category. It marks the centenary of the first woman – the American aviatrix, Harriet Quimby – to fly successfully across the English Channel. Written for a cappella choral ensemble and cello solo, these three songs are settings of poems by the British poet, Sheila Bryer.

The International Award was won by Kaija Saariaho with Circle Map while Rebecca Saunders’ Solitude for Solo Cello won the Instrumental Solo or Duo category.

Mark-Anthony Turnage‘s Frieze, a joint commission from BBC Radio 3, the Royal Philharmonic Society and the New York Philharmonic in celebration of the bicentenary of the RPS won the Orchestral category. The title Frieze refers to the Beethoven Frieze by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt and was a 60th birthday present to Turnage’s teacher Oliver Knussen.

Kerry Andrew took away two Awards, winning with Woodwose: A Community Chamber Opera in the Community or Educational Project category and Dart’s Love in the Stage Works category.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle, who won his sixth British Composer Award for Songs from the same Earth in the Vocal category, has become the most shortlisted and winning composer in BCA history. He has won no less than five previous awards between 2005 and 2013. Songs from the same Earth for tenor and piano is a cycle of ten poems by David Harsent, a poet whose texts particularly resonate with Birtwistle.

Simon Dobson, who won the Wind Band or Brass Band category in 2012 with ‘A Symphony of Colours’ was again the winner of this category with Journey of the Lone Wolf for Brass Band and Percussion.

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2014 British Composer Awards – Winners List

 

Instrumental Solo or Duo
Solitude by Rebecca Saunders

Chamber
Danaё by Martin Iddon

Vocal
Songs from the same Earth by Harrison Birtwistle

Choral
Night Flight by Cecilia McDowall

Wind Band or Brass Band
Journey of the Lone Wolf by Simon Dobson

Orchestral
Frieze by Mark-Anthony Turnage

Stage Works
Dart’s Love by Kerry Andrew

Liturgical
Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey by Ed Hughes

Sonic Art
Public Address by Tom White

Contemporary Jazz Composition
The Study of Touch by Django Bates

Community or Educational Project
Woodwose: A Community Chamber Opera by Kerry Andrew

Making Music Award

Loch Awe by Steve Forman

International Award
Circle Map by Kaija Saariaho

 

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