The 2014 British Composer Awards Shortlist is announced

Gramophone Mon 20th October 2014

Including nominations for McCabe, Dove, Adès and Beamish

Jonathan Dove (photo by Dylan Collard)

Jonathan Dove (photo by Dylan Collard)

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

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