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British Composer Awards Winners Announced

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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.


Amateur or Young Performers
The Monster In The Maze by Jonathan Dove

Chamber Ensemble
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

Small Chamber
A Day At The Spa by Oliver Leith

Solo or Duo
Five Memos by Mark Bowden

Sonic Art
Sonorama by Claudia Molitor

Stage Works
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
Jennifer Walshe

British Composer Award for Inspiration
Simon Bainbridge

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.