The British Composer Awards are 10 this year and BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composer and Authors) today announces exciting plans to celebrate this milestone in the history of the event.
To mark a decade of the British Composer Awards, BASCA is:
undertaking a complete rebrand of the Awards
commissioning an exciting new website
promoting a 10th anniversary celebration concert
The new logo, which can be seen above, reflects the creativity and vibrancy in contemporary classical and jazz composition, and visually represents the celebratory nature of the awards.
The new website will track the British Composer Awards' history, provide useful information on all nominees and winners, and offer a portal for all matters connected to the British Composer Awards including nomination materials and sound clips. www.britishcomposerawards.com
The concert will celebrate British Composer Awards winning works which received their first performances between 2002 and 2011. Aptly titled 10 Years, 10 Composers, 10 Works, the programme, which will be a mix of choral music and chamber music, will provide richly deserved further performances for all these award-winning compositions.
Over the past 9 years, the Awards have been held in a variety of venues including The Barbican and The Law Society and a number of Livery Halls – Ironmongers, Glaziers and Stationers. The 10th anniversary Awards event is moving to a new venue to accommodate more guests and hold an extra special celebration which takes place on Monday 3rd December at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London.
The Awards will open with the winning work of the 3rd annual Student Competition which in 2012 is a work for wind trio – flute, clarinet and bassoon, to be performed by members of the Endymion Ensemble. A further 13 categories will be awarded including the more recently added awards for Contemporary Jazz Composition, for Sonic Art and an International Award. To add to the significance of this year’s celebration, BASCA is seeking to procure additional projects and commissions for the winners in every category. Nominations open for this year’s awards on Tuesday 24th April.
The British Composer Awards were devised and established by BASCA in 2003 under the leadership of BASCA Chairman, Sarah Rodgers. As awards for achievement in contemporary classical and jazz composition, the British Composer Awards complement BASCA’s acclaimed Ivor Novello Awards and Gold Badge Awards. Together the three annual ceremonies recognise and reward music-writing, and those who support it, across all genres.
From the outset, the British Composer Awards have been sponsored by PRS for Music and are presented in association with BBC Radio 3. The first ever British Composer Awards event was held in The Barbican, London, when the Awards were presented to the winners by conductor Sir Andrew Davis and the then Minister for the Arts, Estelle Morris, gave a keynote address.
Sarah Rodgers commented, “From a standing start, we sprinted into an annual event which has become the most eagerly anticipated celebratory occasion in the classical music calendar and now as the 10th anniversary event approaches in December 2012, it clearly takes on marathon status!”
Over the life of the British Composer Awards so far, there have been 84 winning composers. More than 2,000 new works have been assessed by over 300 judges. The Awards have given rise to 19 commissioned works or projects and the broadcast performances of the works of both nominees and winners are too many to enumerate.
The British Composer Awards have indeed enjoyed fantastic broadcast coverage which has contributed much to public awareness of British composers and their achievements.
The Awards could not have been possible without the commitment to sponsorship provided by PRS for Music who, year on year, have seen that their support has not only celebrated the best of British composition but also helped prepare the ground for new work to be created.
The British Composer Awards are also immensely appreciative of the contribution made by various partners and funders over the first 10 years of its history, and notably, Making Music, the PRS for Music Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Music Publishers Association, YCAT and Serious Ltd.
“BASCA could not be more proud,” Rodgers said, “of everything that has been achieved through the British Composer Awards in the first 10 years and we want to go on supporting composers, celebrating their music, stimulating commissions and surprising audiences for the next 10 years and beyond.”
The 10th British Composer Awards will take place on Monday 3rd December at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.
The 10th anniversary celebration concert will take place on Wednesday 5th December – details to be announced.
Information for nominators:
The British Composer Awards celebrate the music of today’s composers living and working in the United Kingdom and also UK premières of work by composers from outside the UK. BASCA invites nominations in the following categories:
Instrumental Solo Or Duo
Wind Band Or Brass Band
Contemporary Jazz Composition
Community Or Educational Project
Making Music Award
Nominations are invited for works that have received their UK première between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012. Nominations are welcomed from all those involved with the promotion, publication and performance of new classical and jazz music and may include music of any origin. Composers (including those who are self-published) may not nominate their own works.
Rules, guidelines and application forms for the British Composer Awards and application forms for the Student Competition can be downloaded from www.britishcomposerawards.com
Please read the Rules and Guildelines document carefully before completing the nomination form. Completed forms should be sent, together with the appropriate supporting material, to: British Composer Awards, BASCA, British Music House, 26 Berners Street, London W1T 3LR. For further information or enquiries relating to the Awards, please contact: Natalie Bleicher or Kate MacCormick on 020 7636 2929 or email [email protected]
The closing date for nominations in all categories is Thursday 12th July 2012