British Composer Awards 2015 Shortlist Unveiled

From photography to poetry and skateboarding to fine art, this year’s British Composer Awards Shortlist highlights the dynamic relationship between contemporary music and the wider creative arts, while offering a futuristic glimpse into the evolving art of music-making and a sense of where tomorrow’s composers will look for inspiration.

The British Composer Awards are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and sponsored by PRS for Music. The shortlist, announced today, features 33 composers across 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.

Highlighting the diversity and innovation that defines today’s musical landscape, the 36 shortlisted works span a choral piece composed to the rhythm of skateboarders; collaborations across the creative arts; a science fiction opera; music inspired by poetry, painting and photography, as well as by history’s greatest composers and mythology; and work marking the First World War Centenary.

The winners in each category will be announced at the British Film Institute (BFI) on Wednesday 9th December 2015.

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