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British Composer Awards 2016

British Composer Awards 2016

6th Dec 2016

Location: UK
Venue: British Film Institute

Celebrating the art of composition and showcasing the creative talent of contemporary composers and sound artists, 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.

Thirty-four composers have been shortlisted for this year’s British Composer Awards, spanning 33 works across 11 categories.

The 2016 shortlist highlights the diversity and vibrancy of the UK’s music community, with 20 per cent of composers born overseas, 38 per cent of nominees being women – the highest numbers in the Awards’ history – and 50 per cent of the shortlist being first time nominees.

2016 British Composer Awards Shortlist:

Amateur or Young Performers
I am, I say by Kate Whitley
In Sea-Cold Lyonesse by John Pickard
The Monster in the Maze by Jonathan Dove

Chamber Ensemble
13 Vices by Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe
Chamber Symphony No. 2 ‘The Australian’ by Laurence Crane
Freezywater by Leo Chadburn

Ave Verum Corpus Re-Imagined by Roderick Williams
Noli Pater by James MacMillan
When Time is Broke by Cecilia McDowall

Community or Educational Project
Activating Memory by Eduardo Reck Miranda
Brass Roots; Musical Wings by Lucy Pankhurst
Into the Light by John Webb

Contemporary Jazz Composition
Karembeu's Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder by Joe Cutler
Our Lady of Stars | Book of Hours by Sorana Santos
With One Voice by Mark Lockheart

Alba by Rebecca Saunders
Instability by Luke Bedford
Smatter Hauler by Anna Meredith

Small Chamber
A Day at the Spa by Oliver Leith
Afference by Emily Howard
Modus Triplex by Alex Nikiporenko

Solo or Duo
Ampelos by Martin Iddon
Five Memos by Mark Bowden
Misplaced Time Refound by Richard Whalley

Sonic Art
SING SIGN: a close duet by Hanna Tuulikki
Sonorama by Claudia Molitor
Tree Radio by Magz Hall

Stage Works
Between Worlds by Tansy Davies
Nothing by David Bruce
The Cure by Harrison Birtwistle

Wind Band or Brass Band
A Richer Dust by Nigel Clarke
Au79 by Fumiko Miyachi
Just a Vibration by Shri Sriram

The winners in each category will be announced at the British Film Institute (BFI) on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast exclusive coverage of the Awards on Hear and Now on Saturday 10 December.

For more information on this year’s British Composer Awards visit