BRITISH COMPOSER ADWORDS News of BRITISH COMPOSER ADWORDS BRITISH COMPOSER ADWORDShttp:///http:///img/logo.gif http:/// es http:/// NMC Recordings Music Map http:///news.php?idb=904 Thu,23 October 2014 16:22:00 -0500 BASCA has teamed up with NMC to create a unique Music Map for each category in this year's British Composer Awards Shortlist.

The Music Map is an interactive tool allowing you to explore the relationships between composers, their influences and their work. 

To find out more click here

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2014 Shortlist Announced http:///news.php?idb=900 Thu,20 October 2014 12:02:00 -0500 BASCA announce the 35 works shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer Awards. The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London on Tuesday 2 December 2014 and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now at 10pm on Saturday 6 December.

"As Chairman of BASCA, the membership association that organises the British Composer Awards, I
am excited by the diversity of works and composers represented in this year’s shortlist.  The British Composer Awards seek to recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists working today and it’s great to see such a vibrant array of works.  On behalf of BASCA, congratulations to everyone shortlisted." Simon Darlow, BASCA Chairman

Artistic Directors of the British Composer Awards, Julia Haferkorn and Ed McKeon said: "This year’s Awards show how lively, curious and attuned composers are across the UK’s new music scenes. We’re particularly pleased at the number of composers represented on the shortlist for the first time. The musical works cover a wide spectrum - there’s truly music there for all open-eared listeners. We wouldn’t expect people to like and admire everything: that’s precisely why we rely on the generosity of so many composers, musicians and promoters from all over the country to come together on panels to make these difficult choices. So whether you’re moved or not by any particular work, we hope you will spend time giving all the works a hearing."

For full details click here.

The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the awards on Hear and Now at 10.00pm on Saturday 6 December, with the chance to hear many of the shortlisted pieces from approx. 9.30-10pm, Monday 24 to Friday 28 November.

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2014 Nominations Open http:///news.php?idb=853 Thu,30 May 2014 17:05:00 -0500 BASCA opens the call for nominations for the 12th Annual British Composer Awards. 
The British Composer Awards celebrate the music of today’s composers living and working in the UK and also UK premieres of works by composers from outside the United Kingdom.

Nominations are now open across thirteen categories for works of classical and jazz music which have received their UK premiere between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.  The awards are a valuable showcase for contemporary composers; as such BASCA encourages anyone with a passion for new music to nominate eligible works.

Nominations close on Friday 18th July and full rules and guidelines, including the nomination form can be downloaded HERE

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Artistic Directors for the 2014 British Composer Awards http:///news.php?idb=854 Thu,30 May 2014 17:21:00 -0500 BASCA announces the appointment of Julia Haferkorn and Ed McKeon of Third Ear as Artistic Directors of the 2014 British Composer Awards.  

Julia Haferkorn has been working in the contemporary music sector for the past 20 years. She founded the artist agency Haferkorn Associates and has since worked with a range of new music artists and set up concerts and tours all over Britain and world-wide. She was Project Manager for the Sound Circuit consortium of promoters and carried out the Arts Council England funded research project Mapping Contemporary Music Activity in Great Britain.

Ed McKeon is an experienced music programmer, producer and commissioner, presenting over 200 events and commissioning over 100 works and new collaborations in the last 14 years across the range of new music. Ed was Development Manager for the London Sinfonietta, and ran both Oxford Contemporary Music and the Society for the Promotion of New Music.  In addition to producing new work, he is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire, tutor at Goldsmiths, and occasional presenter for Radio 3’s Hear and Now.  

Together Julia and Ed run Third Ear, which produces and commissions music and mixed media events, festivals and tours – for more information visit www.thirdear.co.uk

“As Chairman of BASCA I am delighted to welcome Julia Haferkorn and Ed McKeon on board for this year’s British Composer Awards.  They will bring fresh eyes and reassuring expertise to what is now a highlight in the contemporary classical calendar.  We are looking forward to receiving the same high level quality entries across all of our categories and encourage anyone who feels they have been involved with a prospective winning piece to nominate.”  Simon Darlow, BASCA Chairman

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Student Competition Announced http:///news.php?idb=852 Thu,25 March 2014 00:00:00 -0500 BASCA announce details of the fifth British Composer Awards Student Competition as part of the 2014 British Composer Awards.  To apply, students must submit an original work of 4 to 5 minutes duration for two of the following five brass instruments -trumpet 1, trumpet 2, horn, trombone or tuba.  For full details click here

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Onyx Brass Announced for 2014 Awards http:///news.php?idb=850 Thu,11 March 2014 16:36:00 -0500 BASCA announce that the winning work in the 2014 British Composer Awards Student Competition will be performed by members of the internationally renowned ensemble, Onyx Brass, at the award ceremony on 2 December.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, Onyx Brass continues to be the leading light in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music, presenting it in the entertaining and articulate style that has become the group’s trademark.

BBC Music Magazine described the group as “easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain”, and Gramophone hailed “some of the most thrilling chamber brass-playing of its kind”.

Education is a large part of the remit of Onyx Brass: workshops and master-classes range from Primary School to the Juilliard School. The group is currently resident ensemble of Imperial College, University of London.

During 2014, Onyx Brass will be touring the country, bringing contemporary brass music to bandstands, parks and public spaces as part of the Tour de Brass!

For more information on Onyx Brass click here

For more information on the British Composer Awards Student Competition click here

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2014 British Composer Awards http:///news.php?idb=846 Thu,30 January 2014 10:26:00 -0500 BASCA announce the 2014 British Composer Awards will return to Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London, and take place on Tuesday 2 December.

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BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now http:///news.php?idb=845 Thu,6 December 2013 10:35:00 -0500 Andrew McGregor and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present a selection of highlights from the British Composer Awards ceremony held last Tuesday at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London and talk to some of the winning composers and hear their music.

Hear and Now - BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 7 December at 10.45pm.

Click Here for more details.

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2013 Winners Announced http:///news.php?idb=844 Thu,3 December 2013 10:26:00 -0500 BASCA announce the winners of the 2013 British Composer Awards at a ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on Tuesday 3 December.  Click here to find out details.

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Student Competition Winner Announced http:///news.php?idb=842 Thu,6 November 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Rodrigo Barbosa Camacho's work, American Candy - What the hell is Yellow no. 6?!?  for viola, has been selected as the winner of the 4th Student Competition at the British Composer Awards.

American Candy - What the hell is Yellow no. 6?!?  will be performed by Sarah-Jane Bradley at the opening of the awards ceremony at London’s Goldsmiths' Hall on Tuesday 3 December.

Rodrigo Barbosa Camacho (b.1990) is a Portuguese composer, music director and performance designer.  He has studied at the Conservatório - Escola Profissional das Artes da Madeira in Funchal and Porto College of Education and is currently completing a BMus in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London.

He has composed the original soundtrack for a number of films by João Costa including X and Y, People are People and Cinemática which received a nomination for the Portuguese Cinema Prize Fantasporto 2013. 
Myoclonic Troubles for chamber orchestra is currently being recorded by the London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra.

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2013 British Composer Awards Shortlist http:///news.php?idb=839 Thu,24 October 2013 10:26:00 -0500 BASCA announce the 39 works shortlisted for the 2013 British Composer Awards. The winners in each of the 13 categories will be unveiled at a ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall on Tuesday 3 December.

For more information on all the shortlisted works and composers click here.


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2013 British Composer Awards http:///news.php?idb=838 Thu,22 October 2013 13:27:00 -0500 The 2013 British Composer Awards will take place on Tuesday 3 December 2013 at Goldsmiths' Hall, London.
Awards will be presented across thirteen categories and the event will include a performance of the winning work in the 2013 Student Competition.
The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music.  In association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage of the Awards on Saturday 7 December.

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Student Competition http:///news.php?idb=777 Thu,30 April 2013 10:27:00 -0500 BASCA announce details of the fourth British Composer Awards Student Competition.  To apply, students must submit an original work for solo viola of 4 to 5 minutes duration. The winning work will be performed by celebrated British violist Sarah-Jane Bradley at the British Composer Awards ceremony in London on 3 December 2013 and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 8 December 2013.

The closing date is Friday 23 August.

For more information click here

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2012 British Composer Award Winners Announced http:///news.php?idb=770 Thu,3 December 2012 10:27:00 -0500 BASCA announce the winners in 13 categories of the 2012 British Composer Awards. Of the 13 categories, nine have been awarded to new winners.

The full list of winning compositions is outlined below:

Instrumental Solo or Duo: Christian Mason Learning Self- Modulation

Chamber: Thomas Adès The Four Quarters

Vocal: Colin Matthews No Man’s Land

Choral: Gabriel Jackson Airplane Cantata

Wind Band or Brass Band: Simon Dobson A Symphony of Colours

Orchestral: Sir Harrison Birtwistle Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Stage Works: Jocelyn Pook DESH

Liturgical: Francis Grier Missa Brevis

Sonic Art: Ray Lee The Ethometric Museum

Contemporary Jazz Composition: Christine Tobin Sailing to Byzantium

Community or Educational Project: Paul Rissmann The Chimpanzees of Happytown

Making Music Award: Emily Howard Mesmerism for Piano and Chamber Orchestra

International Award: Thomas Larcher Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra

The Awards were presented at a ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall which opened with a performance of Gareth Moorcraft’s Rondo? – winner of the third Student Competition at the British Composer Awards – performed by members of Endymion.

The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music in association with BBC Radio 3 who once again will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the Awards on Sunday 9 December.

Wednesday 5 December 10th Anniversary Concert Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm

Sunday 9 December BBC Radio 3 Sunday Concert featuring the 2012 British Composer Awards, 2pm

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BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now http:///news.php?idb=768 Thu,26 November 2012 00:00:00 -0500 This week’s Hear and Now, BBC Radio 3's primary contemporary music programme, will exclusively look at the 2012 British Composer Awards Shortlist.

Saturday 1 December at 23:00
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f you miss the show you can listen again via iPlayer Radio

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Student Competition Winner Announced http:///news.php?idb=767 Thu,20 November 2012 16:03:00 -0500 Gareth Moorcraft's work, Rondo? for wind trio, has been selected as the winner of the 3rd Student Competition at the British Composer Awards.

Rondo? will be performed by Helen Keen, Mark van de Wiel and Amy Harmon of the world class chamber ensemble Endymion at the opening of the Awards ceremony at London’s Goldsmiths' Hall on Monday 3 December 2012.

Gareth Moorcraft (b.1990) is a Welsh composer and pianist. He read music at Worcester College, University of Oxford, where he studied composition with Professor Robert Saxton and was awarded scholarships for his academic studies and musical performance. His compositions have been performed by musicians such as the BBC Singers, the Oxford Philomusica Orchestra and the Cavaleri String Quartet. Gareth is currently studying for an MMus in composition with Gary Carpenter at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is working on a collaborative project with the Bristol Animation School. He is also completing a commission from the Jubilee String Quartet for the Diaphonique project, a series of concerts promoting new music by British and French composers.

The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music in association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage of the awards on December 9.

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Worshipful Company of Musicians Commission http:///news.php?idb=766 Thu,12 November 2012 12:13:00 -0500 We are delighted to announce that The Worshipful Company of Musicians will award a commission to the winner of the Liturgical category in the 2012 British Composer Awards to compose a new carol, to be performed at the Company's Annual Carol Service.

The Musicians’ Company encourages and promotes musical performance and education to the highest professional standards and particularly supports young musicians.

With its roots in an ancient craft guild, the Musicians’ Company is the only City of London Livery Company devoted to the performing arts. Members, known as Liverymen, are performers, composers, instrument makers, teachers, administrators and music lovers.

For more information about the Worshipful Company of Musicians, please visit www.wcom.org.uk

The winners of the 2012 British Composer Awards will be announced at our 10th Anniversary ceremony on Monday 3 December at Goldsmiths' Hall, London.

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PRS for Music Foundation Commission http:///news.php?idb=765 Thu,5 November 2012 14:00:00 -0500 We are delighted to announce that the PRS for Music Foundation will award a £5,000 commission for a new work to be composed by the winner of the Contemporary Jazz Composition category in the 2012 British Composer Awards.

The PRS for Music Foundation (PRSF) is the UK's leading independent funder of new music across all genres.  Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, the Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity - from unsigned band showcases to composer residencies, from commissions for new music to experimental live electronica.  Since March 2000 PRSF has given more than £13.5 million to over 4,000 new music initiatives. 

For more information about the PRS for Music Foundation, please visit www.prsformusicfoundation.com

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors gratefully acknowledges financial support from the PRS for Music Foundation.

The winners of the 2012 British Composer Awards will be announced at our 10th Anniversary ceremony on Monday 3 December at Goldsmiths' Hall, London.

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British Composer Awards 10th Anniversary Concert http:///news.php?idb=763 Thu,29 October 2012 16:54:00 -0500 This year we are holding a concert featuring eleven Award-winning compositions performed by Endymion and the Vasari Singers to mark our 10th Anniversary.

Taking place at the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Wednesday 5 December at 7.45pm the thought-provoking programme features choral and chamber works that have won British Composer Awards since the founding of the Awards in 2003:

Judith Bingham - Fantasia

Gabriel Jackson - O Doctor Optime
Sir John Tavener - Ex Maria Virgine: Verbum caro and Rocking
James MacMillan - The Canticle of Zachariah and Data est mihi omnis potestas
Sir Harrison Birtwistle - Crowd
Anthony Payne - String Quartet No.2
Ruth Byrchmore - A Birthday
Michael Zev Gordon - This Night
Tarik O'Regan - Threshold of Night
Gary Carpenter - Azaleas
Joe Cutler - Folk Music

Tickets: £15 (limited concessions available)

Box Office: 0844 847 9910
Online: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

The British Composer Awards 10th Anniversary Concert has been generously supported by the RVW Trust.

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2012 British Composer Awards Shortlist Unveiled http:///news.php?idb=761 Thu,25 October 2012 16:36:00 -0500 BASCA is delighted to announce the 39 works shortlisted for the 2012 British Composer Awards.  The winners in each category will be unveiled at a ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall on Monday 3 December.

British Composer Awards Chairman, Sarah Rodgers, said, "In the year in which BASCA presents the British Composer Awards for the 10th consecutive occasion, it is a delight to announce a Shortlist which so clearly demonstrates the range, reach and richness of contemporary composition in the UK today. We are proud to take the lead in celebrating Britain's many talented composers."

Visit our The Awards page for a full list of the shortlisted works.

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