British Composer Awards 2014 winners announced

Gramophone Wed 3rd December 2014

Nine composers win British Composer Awards for the first time

Kerry Andrew receives an Award from Dame Evelyn Glennie

Kerry Andrew receives an Award from Dame Evelyn Glennie

Last night the British Composer Awards were held at Goldsmiths' Hall in London. Nine of the winners in 13 categories had never won a British Composer Award before, and Sir Harrison Birtwistle entered the record books by becoming the most shortlisted and awarded composer in the history of the Awards, he won the Vocal category for his Songs from the Same Earth.

The winner of the Orchestral category was Mark-Anthony Turnage (who had, surprisingly, not won a British Composer Award before) for his Frieze, which was commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Kerry Andrew won two Awards: her opera Dart's Love won the Stage Works category and Woodwose: A Community Chamber Opera won in the Community or Educational Project category.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Instrumental Solo or Duo

Solitude by Rebecca Saunders

Chamber

Danaё by Martin Iddon

Vocal

Songs from the same Earth by Harrison Birtwistle

Choral

Night Flight by Cecilia McDowall

Wind Band or Brass Band

Journey of the Lone Wolf by Simon Dobson

Orchestral

Frieze by Mark-Anthony Turnage

Stage Works

Dart’s Love by Kerry Andrew

Liturgical

Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey by Ed Hughes

Sonic Art

Public Address by Tom White

Contemporary Jazz Composition

The Study of Touch by Django Bates

Community or Educational Project

Woodwose: A Community Chamber Opera by Kerry Andrew

Making Music Award

Loch Awe by Steve Forman

International Award

Circle Map by Kaija Saariaho

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