Nominations for the British Composer Awards 2017 are announced

Nominations for the British Composer Awards 2017 are announced

The nominations for this year’s British Composer Awards have been announced and this year, the nominees are younger than ever before.

Almost half the shortlist of 30 composers are aged under 40, just under half of those are women, and half are first-time nominees.

There has also been a record number of entries received this year – up by 18.5 percent on last year – and the number of young composers nominated increased by 16 per cent.

This year’s nominations show the way that contemporary composers are using music to engage in current affairs, from Donald trump quotes to a composition calling on humankind to re-programme its attitude towards the natural world.

Crispin Hunt, chairman at BASCA, said: “Britain is home to a flourishing and bold community of enlightened and reformist contemporary composers, whose work continues to accelerate music’s role in society.

“The works nominated here speak to politics, ecology, art and history and somehow manage to distil the disorder about us into form. It’s inspiring to note a significant uplift in submissions this year, especially to see so many first-time nominees and young composers shortlisted – further testimony to the pioneering musical spirit of today.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the British Museum in London on Wednesday, December 6.

2017 British Composer Awards Nominations

 Amateur or Young Performers

The Feast That Went Off With A Bang by Ed Hughes 
The Hogboon by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Who We Are by Kerry Andrew

Chamber Ensemble
Khadambi’s House by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian 
Skin by Rebecca Saunders
The wreck of former boundaries by Aaron Cassidy

Affix Stamp Here by Leo Chadburn 
Proclamation of the Republic by Andrew Hamilton 
The Temptations of Christ by Barnaby Martin

Community or Educational Project

Anything but Bland by Brian Irvine 

BIRDS and other Stories by Emily Peasgood
Crossing Over by Emily Peasgood

Contemporary Jazz Composition

Loop Concerto for jazz trio & large ensemble by Benjamin Oliver
Muted Lines by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

You Are My World by Robert Mitchell

Forest by Tansy Davies 
Torus (Concerto for Orchestra) by Emily Howard

Two Eardley Pictures by Helen Grime

Small Chamber
In Feyre Foreste by Robin Haigh 
Omloop Het Ives by Laurence Crane

Tuvan Songbook by Christian Mason 

Solo or Duo
Inside Colour by Deborah Pritchard

Merula Perpetua by Sally Beamish 
Piano Sonata No. 2 by Stuart MacRae

Sonic Art
cloud-cuckoo-island by Hanna Tuulikki
Luminous Birds by Kathy Hinde 
Untitled Valley of Fear by Sam Salem 

Stage Works
4.48 Psychosis by Philip Venables
Empty Hand, Peaceful Mind by Ben Gaunt
The Tempest by Sally Beamish 

Wind Band or Brass Band
Anemoi by Joseph Davies 
Four Études by Edward Gregson 
In Ictu Oculi by Kenneth Hesketh

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