The British Composer Awards seek to recognise and encourage the commissioning of new music.  New music which has been created as a direct result of the British Composer Awards includes:

Christine Tobin - Pelt

BASCA offered a commission to the winner of the Contemporary Jazz Composition category in 2012 with funding from the PRS for Music Foundation. The category was won by Christine Tobin for her work Sailing To Byzantium.

Pelt is Christine’s settings of poems and lyrics by contemporary Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon. Although a continuation of her alchemy with fine words and music and her exploration of the chemistry between the two, Pelt marks a new direction and a new musical soundscape.

The album is released on 25 November 2016 and is launched on 27 November 2016 at Pizza Express, Soho.

Francis Grier - Carol

The Worshipful Company of Musicians offered a commission to the winner of the 2012 Liturgical category to write a carol to be performed at the Company’s annual Carol Service.

Francis Grier composed a new carol to the setting of a poem by Elizabeth Cook celebrating Christmas from the point of view of the animals in the Navitity narrative.

The carol recieved its premiere on 11 December 2013 by the choir at St Michael’s Cornhill directed by Jonathan Rennert and then received its US premiere on Christmas Eve in Minneapolis, sung by the Plymouth Church Choir under their director, Phil Brunelle.

Ryan Wigglesworth - new work for string quartet

BBC Radio 3 in association with the New Generation Artists Scheme awarded a commission to Ryan Wigglesworth, winner of the Vocal category in 2010.

The work, composed for the Escher Quartet, will be premiered during the City of London Festival on 5 July 2012.

Kerry Andrew - Rhymes and Charms

The Music Publishers Association provided a commission to the winner of the Making Music Award in 2010.  As a result composer Kerry Andrew was commissioned to write a new choral work which would be offered for performance by choirs from within the membership of leading UK voluntary music organisation Making Music.

Rhymes and Charms is scored for soprano, alto, tenor and bass (SATB) with keyboard accompaniment.  Split into five separate songs the fifteen minute composition is currently being performed by Making Music choirs throughout the UK.

John Surman - Flapdoodle - Seven for Sonny

To mark the inaugural Contemporary Jazz Composition Award in 2009 BBC Radio 3 commissioned John Surman to write two short pieces for brass quartet which were performed at the ceremony by Brass Jaw.

Janek Schaefer - National Portrait

The PRS for Music Foundation supported the Sonic Art category in 2008 with a prize towards a new commission or a project that would contribute to the furtherance of the winning composer’s career.

Janek Schaefer’s site spedific installation National Portrait was exhibited at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool from 5 December 2009 to 17 January 2010.

In Liverpool, on the 1 December 2009 the analogue TV signal was turned off at midnight.  The installation records the sound of the very last 24hrs of the five analogue terrestrial TV channels as they were broadcast live across the city.  It forms a sound portrait of a day in the life of Britain, and reveals how we define ourselves through our channel hopping mass media.  The installation celebrates the first generation of television history at the switching point between analogue and digital culture.

Tarik O’Regan - Fanfare for two trumpets and two trombones

In 2007 the Worshipful Company of Musicians supported the Liturgical category with a commission.  The winner, Tarik O’Regan composed a Fanfare for two trumpets and two trombones in honour of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to mark his 90th birthday.

The piece was premiered at Fishmongers’ Hall in London on 28 June 2011.

Andy Scott - Salt of the Earth

Andy Scott received a commission from the Worshipful Company of Musicians as winner of the 2006 Wind Band or Brass Band category.

The Company’s donation was used to co-fund, with BBC Fame Academy, a commission of a new work for tuba and brass band.  Salt of the Earth was premiered by Leslie Neish and Foden’s Brass Band at the Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass on 27 January 2008.

Ruth Byrchmore - Quem Pastores

Ruth Byrchmore received a commission as the winner of the Liturgical category in 2005 from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.  She composed a new carol Quem Pastores, for the annual Company carol service on 13 December 2006, incorporating a prominent part for an oboe d’amore.  The performers were the choir of St Michael’s Cornhill with Joel Raymond, oboe d’amore, directed by Jonathan Rennert.

Adam Gorb - A Quiet Place

The Worshipful Company of Musicians provided a commission for the Wind Band or Brass Band category in 2004.  As a result Adam Gorb completed his quintet for piano and winds, A Quiet Place, using his commission money together with funds from Luton Music Club, provided by the RVW Trust.

A Quiet Place was premiered at Luton on 23 October 2006 and received its London premiere at a City Music Society concert on 24 October 2006 at Bishopsgate Hall.  The performers were the Zephyr Wind Ensemble with Simon Lepper, piano.

Martin Kiszko - Vi-Spy

The PRS for Music Foundation offered a prize to the winner of the Community or Educational Project category to put towards a future project in 2004.

Martin Kiszko’s Vi-Spy was commissioned by Elektrodome with support from the Bristol Ensemble and the PRS for Music Foundation award.  The multi-media performance, calling upon an array of hardware and software musical devices and instruments, juxtaposes abstract and narrative based sounds and images to create a work which explores the world of security and espionage.  The work is in five sections:
Codes and Frequencies, Intrusion, Cameras, Bugged and Followed, Pursuit

Vi-Spy was world premiered at Colston Hall 2 on 7 May 2008.

Luke Bedford - Wreathe

BBC Radio 3 commissioned Luke Bedford as a result of winning the BBC Radio 3 Listeners Award in 2004.  Wreathe was performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Bradford upon Avon on 7 December 2007 and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 10 December that year.

Throughout our history we have sought to include commissions as prizes in certain categories to further the way the Awards can support contemporary composers. 

We are grateful to all those organisations who have provided commissioning finance and support.