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

Large Chamber

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

Small Chamber

String Quartet No.2 by Julian Anderson

Solo or Duo

Beat Generation Ballads by Michael Finnissy

Sonic Art

Currents by Yann Seznec

Stage Works

Thebans by Julian Anderson

Wind Band or Brass Band

Muckle Flugga by Rory Boyle


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