The British Composer Awards were announced last night at a ceremony at Goldsmith's Hall, London. Thirteen categories were honoured and six composers received an award for the first time. 'Tonight’s new generation of British composers has been truly impressive and I am excited to see such breadth of talent and creativity on the winners’ shortlist,' said Guy Fletcher, Chairman of PRS for Music (the BCA's sponsor). 'The British Composer Awards provide a vital showcase for music that is part of our cultural fabric and enjoyed the world over. PRS for Music is proud to sponsor such an important event.'
Sir Harrison Birtwistle collected his fifth British Composer Award for Gigue Machine (for piano), making him the most shortlisted and awarded composer in BCA history.
Highlights from the evening will be broadcast on 'Hear and Now' on BBC Radio 3, broadcast partner of the British Composer Awards, on Saturday evening at 10.45pm.
The full list of winners is:
Instrumental Solo or Duo
Gigue Machine by Harrison Birtwistle
String Quartet No.4 by Colin Matthews
Electra Mourns by Brian Elias
Since it was the day of Preparation… by James MacMillan
Wind Band or Brass Band
Mysteries of the Horizon by Nigel Clarke
Rivers to the Sea by Joseph Phibbs
Written on Skin by George Benjamin
I Saw the Lord by Matthew Martin
No Such Object (Speed of Light) by Ed Baxter and Chris Weaver
Contemporary Jazz Composition
Lifelines by John Surman
Community or Educational Project
Pass the Torch, An Olympic Symphony by James Redwood
Making Music Award
Dry Stone Walls of Yorkshire by Peter McGarr
Woven Dreams by Toshio Hosokawa