Following a workshop at Saffron Hall with Sir James MacMillan and five shortlisted composers, Britten Sinfonia is pleased to announce that Robert Singer has been selected as the winner of OPUS2018. Robert’s piece, a setting of texts about the sea, will receive its world premiere tour in March 2019 at Wigmore Hall, London; West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge; and St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. Robert will also receive a commission fee, and a professional recording of his work.
Robert Singer is a graduate of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he focussed on classical and electroacoustic music, and led an independent project with external choreographers to create and perform an original full-scale ballet with orchestra.
The workshop day also featured music by the four other finalist and musicians Jacqueline Shave, Alexandra Caldon, Clare Finnimore, Caroline Dearnley, Huw Watkins and singer Nancy Cole rehearsed each of the composers’ music, giving them feedback and the opportunity to realise their work live. The shortlist was drawn up by Sir James MacMillan and composers were judged only on the quality of their submission – all works were reviewed anonymously.
For the first time in the competition’s history, the workshop was open to the public, allowing insight into both the compositional process, and how professional musicians approach new music. It featured a Q&A session with Sir James MacMillan and the shortlisted composers. The audience also had the opportunity to vote for the new Audience Prize recognising their favourite work, which was awarded to Patrick Gardner‘s entry.
Britten Sinfonia would like to thank everyone who applied to OPUS2018, and extend its warmest congratulations to the five shortlisted composers.
OPUS2018 has been generously supported by The Fenton Arts Trust.