2009 British Composer Awards announced

Posted on December 15, 2009

Sir John Tavener, John Adams, Graham Fitkin and Gabriel Jackson were among the winners of this year’s British Composer Awards, announced yesterday.

The Awards are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and sponsored by PRS for Music, the copyright organisation. Now in their seventh year, this was the first time a prize for Contemporary Jazz was included, which was won by composer and saxophonist Jason Yarde for his BBC Prom commission, Rhythm and Other Fascinations, about which the judges said “we were immediately gripped by its gravitas and beautiful harmonic language – a powerful and emotional piece”.

More than 300 submitted works, which had to have been premiered in the year from April 1, 2008, were considered. The ceremony will be broadcast tomorrow evening (Wednesday December 2) on BBC Radio 3 at 7pm.

The full list of winners:

VocalJohn CaskenThe Dream of the Rood
Instrumental Solo or DuoThomas SimakuSoliloquy V, Flauto Acerbo
LiturgicalJohn TavenerEx Maria Virgine
Community or Educational ProjectMira CalixMy Secret Heart
ChamberAlexander GoehrSince Brass, Nor Stone
Sonic ArtMark Peter WrightA Quiet Reverie
InternationalJohn AdamsDoctor Atomic
OrchestralSimon Holta table of noises
Stage WorksGraham FitkinReel
Making MusicElizabeth WintersThe Serious Side of Madness
Wind Band or Brass BandAdam GorbFarewell
ChoralGabriel JacksonThe Spacious Firmament
Contemporary Jazz CompositionJason YardeRhythm and Other Fascinations

For more about the Awards and the winning entries, visit the website of BASCA.

Article published on 2 December 2010 at www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/2009-british-composer-awards-announced