This year’s event proved exceptional on account of the unprecedented number of female composers who received accolades, as well as the outstanding number of young composers who have been awarded. Cheryl Frances-Hoad (pictured), only 30-years-old, impressed the judges on two counts this year; in the Instrumental Solo or Duo category for a piece entitled Stolen Rhythm from Homage to Haydn and in the Liturgical category for Psalm 1: Blessed is the Man.
Commissions are attached to two of the awards categories. The winner of the Vocal category, 33-years-old Ryan Wigglesworth, has been commissioned by BBC Radio 3 in association with its New Generation Artists scheme. The winner of the Making Music Award, 32-years-old Kerry Andrew, has received a commission from the Music Publishers Association for a choral work to be performed as part of a project by amateur performer organisation, Making Music.
Full list of winners:
Chamber: Raymond Yui - Northwest Wind
Community or Educational Project: Karen MacIver - A Head of Steam
Vocal: Ryan Wigglesworth - Augenlieder
Contemporary Jazz Composition – James Hamilton – The Causeway Suite
Instrumental Solo or Duo – Cheryl Frances-Hoad – Stolen Rhythm from Homage to Haydn
Sonic Art – John Wynne – Installation for 300 speakers, pianola and vacuum cleaner
Choral – Sasha Siem – Psalm 140: Deliver me, O Lord
International Award – Unsuk Chin – Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Stage Works – Rory Boyle – Kasper Hauser
Liturgical – Cheryl Frances-Hoad – Psalm 1: Blessed is the Man
Wind Band or Brass Band – Philip Grange – Cloud Atlas
Making Music Award – Kerry Andrew – Fall
Orchestral – Brian Elias – Doubles
The awards will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on the Performance on 3 programme on Wednesday December 1 from 7pm.