Toggle description
Mark Bowden and Owen Sheers at CERN. Photo: courtesy of Mark Bowden

Four Jerwood Charitable Foundation friends and alumni win British Composer Awards

12 December 2016

The British Composer Awards are unique in making contemporary music, jazz and sonic art the focus of their annual celebration. Created by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in 2003, the Awards promote the art of composition, recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists, and bring their music to a wider audience.

Mark Bowden, a composer of chamber, orchestral and vocal music won the Solo or Duo category for his work Five Memos. We supported Mark with a Small Grant in 2015 to undertake a research onsite at CERN, the site of the Hadron Collider, for a new oratorio commissioned by BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Jonathan Dove, a tutor on Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music won the Amateur of Young Performers category for The Monster in The Maze. Claudia Molitor who was part of London Sinfonietta’s Jerwood Series 6 (recording) won the Sonic Art category for Sonorama and Tansy Davies who was part of London Sinfonietta’s Jerwood Series 1 (recording) won the Stage Works category for Between Worlds.

To qualify works must have been completed within five years of the award period and have received a UK premiere performance – either live or broadcast – in the year leading up to 31 March.  Composers must have been born in the UK or resident for at least 5 years.  Each category is judged by a different jury, with members appointed by BASCA.  The majority of these music professionals are composers working in collaboration with performers, conductors, promoters and festival directors.