Andrew Hamilton and Brian Irvine Win at British Composer Awards

Andrew Hamilton and Brian Irvine

Andrew Hamilton and Brian Irvine Win at British Composer Awards

Winners in 13 categories announced on 6 December.

Composers Andrew Hamilton and Brian Irvine were announced as winners in their respective categories at the BASCA British Composer Awards at a ceremony in London earlier this month.

Irish composer Hamilton won the Choral category for his work Proclamation for the Republic, commissioned by EXAUDI and James Weeks. Other nominees in the category included Leo Chadburn and Barnaby Martin. 

Brian Irvine from Northern Ireland won the Community and Education Project for Anything But Bland, produced by Dumbworld (the company led by Irvine with filmmaker John McIlduff) in association with the Ulster Orchestra and Northern Ireland Science Festival. The other nominations in this category were two works by Emily Peasgood. 

Irvine was also a joint nominee with Jennifer Walshe in the 2016 Chamber Ensemble category, a year in which Walshe was awarded the British Composer Award for Innovation

Find out more about the two 2017 winning works here.

The full list of nominees and winners can be found below. For more, visit

Amateur or Young Performers
The Feast That Went Off With A Bang by Ed Hughes
The Hogboon by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Who We Are by Kerry Andrew – WINNER

Affix Stamp Here by Leo Chadburn
Proclamation of the Republic by Andrew Hamilton– WINNER
The Temptations of Christ by Barnaby Martin

Chamber Ensemble
Khadambi’s House by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian
Skin by Rebecca Saunders – WINNER
The wreck of former boundaries by Aaron Cassidy

Community or Educational Project
Anything but Bland by Brian Irvine – WINNER
BIRDS and other Stories by Emily Peasgood
Crossing Over by Emily Peasgood

Contemporary Jazz Composition
Loop Concerto for jazz trio & large ensemble by Benjamin Oliver
Muted Lines by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian – WINNER
You Are My World by Robert Mitchell

Forest by Tansy Davies
Torus (Concerto for Orchestra) by Emily Howard – WINNER
Two Eardley Pictures by Helen Grime

Small Chamber 
In Feyre Foreste by Robin Haigh – WINNER
Omloop Het Ives by Laurence Crane
Tuvan Songbook by Christian Mason

Solo or Duo
Inside Colour by Deborah Pritchard – WINNER
Merula Perpetua by Sally Beamish
Piano Sonata No. 2 by Stuart MacRae

Sonic Art
cloud-cuckoo-island by Hanna Tuulikki
Luminous Birds by Kathy Hinde – WINNER 
Untitled Valley of Fear by Sam Salem

Stage Works
4.48 Psychosis by Philip Venables – WINNER
Empty Hand, Peaceful Mind by Ben Gaunt
The Tempest by Sally Beamish

Wind Band or Brass Band
Anemoi by Joseph Davies
Four Études by Edward Gregson
In Ictu Oculi by Kenneth Hesketh – WINNER

British Composer Award for Innovation
Shiva Feshareki 

British Composer Award for Inspiration
Nigel Osborne 

Published on 8 December 2017

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