British Composer Awards 2018 winners revealed

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Judith Weir, Cassie Kinoshi (pictured) and Dominic Murcott are among the talent to be honoured at the 2018 British Composer Awards.

Weir won the Choral Award, Kinoshi took the Jazz Composition (Large Ensemble) prize and Murcott received the Solo or Duo Award.

Elsewhere, British Composer Awards’ veteran Harrison Birtwistle won the Orchestral accolade, and previous winner Simon Dobson received the award for Wind or Brass Band for his piece, The Turing Test.

Composer and sound artist Emily Peasgood won in the Sonic Art category for Halfway to Heaven, and interactive sound installation created with a custom-built computer, ultrasonic sensors and marine speakers.

Cellist and composer Oliver Coates received the Stage Works prize for Shorelines for the Ragaae Quartet, which was premiered at Tramway Glasgow as part of Sonica, Cryptic’s biennial festival.

The ceremony was hosted by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) at the British Museum in London yesterday (Monday).

Crispin Hunt, BASCA chair, said: ‘The passion, creativity and dedication to music demonstrated by this year’s winners is deeply inspiring and humbling. A record year for submissions, the new music landscape in Britain proves itself time and again to be more vibrant, dynamic and vivacious than ever, engaging with a diverse range of ideas and audiences. This is a hugely exciting time to be a creator or appreciator of new music.’

Each year, the British Composer Awards celebrate the art of composition and showcases the creative talent of contemporary composers and sound artists. They are sponsored by PRS for Music and produced in association with BBC Radio 3, which covers the event.

For the full list of winners, see