Thirteen contemporary composers have tonight been honoured with a coveted British Composer Award in a ceremony at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London. The annual Awards highlight the best compositions that premiered in the UK in the 12 months leading up to 31 March 2016, across Jazz, Choral, Sonic Art, Orchestral and beyond. This year, for the first time, the British Composer Awards also celebrated two composers for their musical careers and their contributions to contemporary music as a whole, with the all-new Gift of BASCA Award.
The event, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenters Sarah Walker and Andrew McGregor, took place at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London with a speech given by British composer and broadcaster Gerard McBurney, who presented each of the main category winners with their Awards.
The ceremony included a performance of Honeyed Words, performed by Anna Meredith (electronics) and Maddie Cutter (cello), from Meredith’s current, award-winning album, Varmints, to visuals designed by Laurene Pijulet.
BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a programme dedicated to the ceremony on Hear and Now at 10pm on Saturday 10th December.
2016 BRITISH COMPOSER AWARDS WINNERS
Amateur or Young Performers
The Monster In The Maze by Jonathan Dove
Freezywater by Leo Chadburn
Ave Verum Corpus Re-Imagined by Roderick Williams
Community or Educational Project
Into The Light by John Webb
Contemporary Jazz Composition
Karembeu’s Guide To The Complete Defensive Midfielder by Joe Cutler
Alba by Rebecca Saunders
A Day At The Spa by Oliver Leith
Solo or Duo
Five Memos by Mark Bowden
Sonorama by Claudia Molitor
Between Worlds by Tansy Davies
Wind Band or Brass Band
Just A Vibration by Shri Sriram
2016 Gift of BASCA Award Recipients
British Composer Award for Innovation
British Composer Award for Inspiration
The British Composer Awards are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and sponsored by PRS for Music. For more information please visit www.britishcomposerawards.com or follow the British Composer Awards on Twitter: @ComposerAwards.