OPUS2017 winner announced

Britten Sinfonia is pleased to announce that Mark Bowler is the winner of OPUS2017, following an open call for submissions and a workshop with mentor Nik Bärtsch and members of Britten Sinfonia. Mark will complete his final work which will be premiered in November during our At Lunch series of concerts in London, Cambridge and Norwich.

Mark Bowler

On hearing that he had won Mark said “I am thankful to have won this opportunity to work with Nik Bärtsch and the musicians of Britten Sinfonia. Having my initial ideas realised during the recent workshop was a rewarding experience and I am looking forward, with the benefit of Nik’s guidance, to sharing the finished piece during the November concert series.”

OPUS2017 workshop

Nik Bärtsch commented “We are delighted to announce that the work by Mark Bowler was chosen for the concert after a intense debate about the three nominated pieces. All three composer are on an interesting research about rhythmic relations in groove music for classical ensembles. Mark’s piece convinced us by its elaborated simplicity based on an invented folk rhythm riff and by its potential to be realized appropriately in a given amount of time for the concerts. I congratulate Mark and look forward to hearing the final piece.”

To book tickets to the premiere performances of Mark’s new work click here

You can also help support OPUS2017 via our Musically Gifted scheme

Find out more about OPUS here and the other shortlisted composers here