British Composer Awards winners announced

Julian Anderson takes home two of the prizes

Published: December 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Julian Anderson has won both the Orchestral and Liturgical categories at this year’s British Composer Awards, hosted by composer Michael Berkeley.


Anderson's work Fantasias took the Orchestral award while his Bell Mass won the Liturgical title. He now has four British Composer Awards, having won two in previous years.

There were also awards for Anthony Payne, who landed the Chamber prize for his String Quartet No. 2, William Sweeney, whose Sonata for Cello and Piano was recognised in the Instrumental Solo or Duo category, and Graham Fitkin’s vocal and orchestral work PK, which won the Outreach award.

Lucy Pankhurst's piece In Pitch Black – written to mark the centenary of the Pretoria Pit disaster – triumphed in the Wind or Brass section. Elsewhere, Huw Watkins landed the vocal trophy for his Five Larkin Songs, and John Barber was presented with the Community or Educational Project prize for Consider the Lilies.

International awards were handed out to Danish composer Bent Sørensen for his piano concerto La Mattina and Shanghai-born Wenjing Wang for the student competition.

Chair of the British Composer Awards, Sarah Rodgers, said: ‘This year’s results give accolades to a wonderfully wide sweep of British and international talent.’

Rachel Tregenza

The full list of winners:

Instrumental Solo or Duo
William Sweeney – Sonata for Cello & Piano

Anthony Payne – String Quartet No. 2

Huw Watkins – Five Larkin Songs

Michael Zev Gordon – Allele

Wind Band or Brass Band
Lucy Pankhurst – In Pitch Black

Julian Anderson – Fantasias

Stage Works
Orlando Gough – A Ring A Lamp A Thing

Julian Anderson – Bell Mass

Contemporary Jazz Composition
Tommy Evans – The Green Seagull

Community or Educational Project
John Barber – Consider the Lilies

Making Music Award
Richard Bullen – I can’t find brumm…

International Award
Bent Sørensen – La Mattina

Graham Fitkin – PK


The awards are hosted by British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in association with BBC Radio 3 and sponsored by PRS for Music. You can listen again to the awards ceremony on the BBC iplayer.

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