British Composer Awards 2015 Winners Revealed
Ten composers have tonight been honoured at the thirteenth annual British Composer Awards across 12 categories, including five first-time winners.
The event, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenters Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Andrew McGregor, took place at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London, a new venue for the 2015 Awards, moving from London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall.
The audience were addressed by keynote speaker and rising star conductor, Jessica Cottis, who presented the winners with their awards alongside actress Juliet Stevenson. The ceremony included the UK premiere performance of A Bird Is Singing by Judith Bingham, performed by Trinity Laban Chamber Choir and conducted by Stephen Jackson.
The British Composer Awards are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and sponsored by PRS for Music. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a programme dedicated to the ceremony on Hear and Now at 10pm on Saturday 12th December.
2015 British Composer Award Winners
Amateur or Young Performers
Alive by Kate Whitley
Stabat Mater dolorosa by James Dillon
Community or Educational Project
Snapshot Songs by Stuart Hancock
Contemporary Jazz Composition
The Fox, The Parakeet & The Chestnut by Trish Clowes
Many stares (through semi-nocturnal Zeiss-Blink) – Module 30 by Sinan Savaskan
John the Baptist by Michael Finnissy
Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless by Harrison Birtwistle
String Quartet No.2 by Julian Anderson
Solo or Duo
Beat Generation Ballads by Michael Finnissy
Currents by Yann Seznec
Thebans by Julian Anderson
Wind Band or Brass Band
Muckle Flugga by Rory Boyle