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Young composers dominate at BASCA

The winners of the 2010 British Composer Awards have been announced, with the work of a number of emerging young composers recognised by the body.
BASCA presented the accolades at a prize giving ceremony in London last night (November 30th).
The list of nominations featured some of the UK’s most established and recognised contemporary composers, but on this occasion, it was the new talent that impressed the judges and won the greater share of the awards.
Sarah Rodgers, chairman of BASCA and chair of the British Composer Awards, said: “The list of winners is indicative of new directions in contemporary music which are being determined by a new wave of young composers.
“BASCA is extremely proud to be playing a crucial role in helping to bring to light the work of emerging composers, alongside the exceptional achievements of more established creative artists.”
The winner of the Vocal category was Ryan Wigglesworth, 33, who will see his work commissioned by BBC Radio 3 in association with its New Generation Artists scheme.
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Kerry Andrew was named as the winner of the Making Music Award and will receive a commission from the Music Publishers Association for a choral work to be performed as part of the Making Music project.
Another young composer who impressed was Cheryl Frances-Hoad, 30, who picked up two accolades at the awards ceremony.
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.
Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS for Music, which sponsors the awards, commented: “I’m very proud of the wealth of classical music talent we have in this country and it’s exciting to see new generations of composers being awarded this year.”
You will be able to listen to the British Composer Awards on BBC Radio 3 at 7pm tonight.

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