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
Danaё by Martin Iddon
Songs from the same Earth by Harrison Birtwistle
Night Flight by Cecilia McDowall
Wind Band or Brass Band
Journey of the Lone Wolf by Simon Dobson
Frieze by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Dart’s Love by Kerry Andrew
Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey by Ed Hughes
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
Circle Map by Kaija Saariaho