I have been listening to music by composers who won British Composer Awards in 2011 and it is great to get a flavour of what is being written in the UK now.
There is so much inspiring new music around but it is not always that easy to know where to begin.
All of the compositions for the British Composer Awards had to have a performance in the UK in the year before the Awards take place.
Have a look at some of these extracts by winning composers not of the winning works themselves, apart from the Sorensen which is the actual winning composition. I think there is some really exciting music here.
Outreach category won by Graham Fitkin
An extract from Log for 6 electric pianos
Vocal category won by Huw Watkins
An extract from his Violin Concert – a stunning performance by Alina Ibragimova
International category won by Bent Sorensen
An extract from the Piano Concerto, La Mattina
Wind Band or Brass Band won by Lucy Pankhurst
An extract from Wired for Brass Band
Stage Works won by Orlando Gough
An extract from Ariel Songs performed by Shout
tutti has CDs of music by many past and present British Composer Awards winners including from the above, Huw Watkins and Graham Fitkin. Well worth hearing more of. Hope you like them as much as we do.