The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) have announced the 35 works that will compete for prizes at this year's British Composer Awards. This year more than 300 works were submitted and the final shortlist includes nominations for Judith Weir (the current Master of the Queen's Music), Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès, Jonathan Dove, John McCabe, Sally Beamish and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Birtwistle's The Moth Requiem, which is shortlisted in the Choral category, was also nominated for a Gramophone Award this year (in a recording by the BBC Singers on Signum).
The awards ceremony takes place at Goldsmiths' Hall, London, on December 2 and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on December 6.
The full shortlist is as follows:
Instrumental Solo or Duo Solitude by Rebecca Saunders; Sonata after William Byrd’s Haec Dies by John McCabe; The Wild Reeds by Judith Weir
Chamber Danaё by Martin Iddon; Hauptstimme by David Fennessy; Renewal by Luke Bedford
Vocal Flodden by Sally Beamish; Songs from the same Earth by Harrison Birtwistle; Totentanz by Thomas Adès
Choral Live Music Sculpture 3 by Samuel Bordoli; Night Flight by Cecilia McDowall; The Moth Requiem by Harrison Birtwistle
Wind Band or Brass Band Journey of the Lone Wolf by Simon Dobson; Kjeden by Paul McGhee; Th’owfen Raconteurs by Lucy Pankhurst
Orchestral Frieze by Mark-Anthony Turnage; Joybox by John McCabe; Near Midnight by Helen Grime
Stage Works Captain Blood’s Revenge by Lynne Plowman; Dart’s Love by Kerry Andrew; IGNIS by Jon Opstad
Liturgical Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey by Ed Hughes; Hodie nobis de coelo pax by Paul Ayres; The Portsmouth Service by Jonathan Dove
Sonic Art Chorus by Ray Lee; On Air by Caroline Devine; Public Address by Tom White
Contemporary Jazz Composition Hocus Pocus by Julian Argüelles; Tarab Cuts by John Butcher; The Study of Touch by Django Bates
Community or Educational Project Dark Clouds are Smouldering into Red by James Redwood; Woodwose: A Community Chamber Opera by Kerry Andrew
International Award Circle Map by Kaija Saariaho; Epigrams by Elliott Carter; Visions and Revisions by Christopher Trapani