The nominations fall into 12 categories including orchestral, jazz, sonic art, chamber ensemble, stage works and wind or brass band.
Many of this year’s works give a voice to marginalised or disadvantaged groups in society, such as Solace by Conall Gleeson, written for an orchestra in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Others take inspiration from other art forms, such as Dee Isaacs’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which applies the themes of Coleridge’s poem to the plight of refugees today.
A record-breaking year for entries, 2018 saw over 560 submissions. ‘As ever it’s hugely exciting and inspiring to see the fresh passion represented by our first-time nominees,’ said Crispin Hunt, chair at BASCA. ‘Congratulations to everyone nominated.’
The winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony at the British Museum on 4 December 2018. Presented BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor and Sara Mohr-Pietsch, the ceremony will include a performance in memory of nominated composer Oliver Knussen.