2016 British Composer Awards shortlist announced

Harrison Birtwistle, James MacMillan and Cecilia McDowell among nominees

Amateur or Young Performers - Jonathan Dove - The Monster in the Maze - Performa
Published: October 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

The shortlist for the 2016 British Composer Awards has been announced.


In a break from previous practice, this year entries were judged anonymously for all categories apart from Community or Educational Project, Sonic Art and Stage Works. Works could also be submitted by the composers themselves, where previously they had to be submitted by publishers.

Though seven-time award winner Harrison Birtwistle has once again been shortlisted, this year for his stage work The Cure, 50 per cent of the nominees have been shortlisted for the first time. The number of nominated female composers has also reached an all-time high - women make up 38 per cent of the shortlist.

The winners will be announced at the British Film Institute (BFI) on Tuesday 6 December 2016, and BBC Radio 3 will broadcast exclusive coverage of the Awards on Hear and Now on Saturday 10 December.

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2016 British Composer Awards Shortlist in full:

Amateur or Young Performers

I am, I say by Kate Whitley

In Sea-Cold Lyonesse by John Pickard

The Monster in the Maze by Jonathan Dove

Chamber Ensemble

13 Vices by Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe

Chamber Symphony No. 2 ‘The Australian’ by Laurence Crane

Freezywater by Leo Chadburn


Ave Verum Corpus Re-Imagined by Roderick Williams

Noli Pater by James MacMillan

When Time is Broke by Cecilia McDowall

Community or Educational Project

Activating Memory by Eduardo Reck Miranda

Brass Roots; Musical Wings by Lucy Pankhurst

Into the Light by John Webb

Contemporary Jazz Composition

Karembeu's Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder by Joe Cutler

Our Lady of Stars | Book of Hours by Sorana Santos

With One Voice by Mark Lockheart


Alba by Rebecca Saunders

Instability by Luke Bedford

Smatter Hauler by Anna Meredith

Small Chamber

A Day at the Spa by Oliver Leith

Afference by Emily Howard

Modus Triplex by Alex Nikiporenko

Solo or Duo

Ampelos by Martin Iddon

Five Memos by Mark Bowden

Misplaced Time Refound by Richard Whalley

Sonic Art

SING SIGN: a close duet by Hanna Tuulikki

Sonorama by Claudia Molitor

Tree Radio by Magz Hall

Stage Works

Between Worlds by Tansy Davies

Nothing by David Bruce

The Cure by Harrison Birtwistle

Wind Band or Brass Band

A Richer Dust by Nigel Clarke

Au79 by Fumiko Miyachi

Just a Vibration by Shri Sriram

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