Four Guildhall School alumni among the winners at the British Composer Awards 2016
Guildhall alumni Leo Chadburn, Roderick Williams, Oliver Leith and Tansy Davies all won awards at the British Composer Awards 2016.
Four Guildhall School alumni were among the 13 winning composers at last night’s British Composer Awards, an annual event celebrating the art of contemporary music composition and presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).
The awards considered compositions with UK premieres in the 12 months leading up to 31 March 2016. For the first time, entries were judged anonymously, and 76% of the winning composers were first-time winners.
Guildhall School alumni who were honoured were:
- Leo Chadburn (Recorder 2001) in the Chamber Ensemble category for Freezywater
- Roderick Williams (Voice 1995) in the Choral category for Ave Verum Corpus Re-Imagined
- Oliver Leith (Composition 2014) in the Small Chamber category for A Day at the Spa
- Tansy Davies (Composition, 1998) in the Stage Works category for Between Worlds
Professor of Composition Laurence Crane was also shortlisted alongside Leo Chadburn in the Chamber Ensemble category for Chamber Symphony No 2 The Australian.
The full shortlist and winners can be found on the British Composer Awards website.
Tune in to BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now at 10pm on Saturday 10 December for a special programme on the awards.
You can also catch up with how the evening unfolded on Twitter.