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British Composer Awards 2013: Shortlist announced

- 24 October 2013

British Composer AwardsThe British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has announced the shortlist for its 2013 British Composer Awards. The winners will be announced at Goldsmiths’ Hall on 3 December.

The British Composer Awards chairman and founder, Sarah Rodgers, said: ‘The British Composer Awards have passed their tenth birthday and there is every sign that the next ten years will be as rich and rewarding as the first.

‘BASCA is delighted to continue its successful association with PRS for Music and BBC Radio 3 and deeply committed to serving Britain’s composers by providing this annual platform for the celebration of new classical and jazz music.’

Nominated works must have been completed in the five years leading up to, and performed in the year leading up to, 31 March 2013.

Two composers, Jonathan Harvey and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, were nominated posthumously, with Rodney Bennett’s Colloquy with God representing the composer’s first nomination for the awards.

George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, which played to sold-out audiences and admiring notices at the Royal Opera House in March this year, receives a nomination in the stage works category alongside Orlando Gough’s Glyndebourne community opera Imago and David Bruce’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter for The Opera Group.

Gerald Barry’s comic opera The Importance of Being Earnest is nominated for the international award alongside two works given their UK premieres by the BBC Symphony Orchestra: Per Nørgård’s eighth symphony, performed under John Storgårds at the New from the North Total Immersion in March 2013, and Toshio Hosokawa’s Woven Dreams, performed under Kazushi Ono in the Sounds from Japan Total Immersion in February 2013.

Radio 3 will broadcast a review of the shortlisted works as part of its Live in Concert strand on 25-29 November, and will dedicate an edition of Hear and Now to the awards on 7 December, following the 3 December announcement of the results.

British Composer Awards 2013: Full nominees

Instrumental Solo or Duo
Cirrus Light by Jonathan Harvey
Darkness Visible by George Nicholson
Gigue Machine by Harrison Birtwistle

Chamber
Chopin’s Waterloo by Benjamin Wallfisch
Fletch by Rebecca Saunders
String Quartet No. 4 by Colin Matthews

Vocal
A Pretence of Wit by Edward Nesbit
Electra Mourns by Brian Elias
Flesh and Blood by David Sawer

Choral
Choral Symphony by Gabriel Jackson
Colloquy with God by Richard Rodney Bennett
Since it was the Day of Preparation… by James MacMillan

Wind Band or Brass Band
Diversions after Benjamin Britten: Four Centenary Tributes for Brass Band by Simon Dobson, Gavin Higgins, Paul McGhee, Lucy Pankhurst
Mysteries of the Horizon by Nigel Clarke
Symphony in two movements by Edward Gregson

Orchestral
Rivers to the Sea by Joseph Phibbs
Tenebrae by John Pickard
The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured by Raymond Yiu

Stage Works
Imago by Orlando Gough
The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by David Bruce
Written on Skin by George Benjamin

Liturgical
Cantate Domino by Gabriel Jackson
I saw the Lord by Matthew Martin
O Oriens by Cecilia McDowall

Sonic Art
5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun by Caroline Devine
Dart for Solo Cello, Delays and Digital playback by Tom Williams
No Such Object (Speed of Light) by Ed Baxter and Chris Weaver

Contemporary Jazz Composition
Iris Nonet by Trish Clowes
Lifelines by John Surman
Songs to the North Sky by Tim Garland

Community or Educational Project
Elemental Songs and Dances by Richard Bullen
Pass the Torch, An Olympic Symphony by James Redwood
Technophonia by Oliver Searle

Making Music Award
Dry Stone Walls of Yorkshire by Peter McGarr
Screech by Kerry Andrew
The Chalk Legend by Stephen McNeff

International Award
Symphony No. 8 by Per Nørgård
The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry
Woven Dreams by Toshio Hosokawa

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