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British Composer Awards

The Making Music category of the annual British Composer Awards is presented to a composer of a new work for a voluntary, amateur or youth music group.

Last modified on: 13/03/2014
British Composer Awards - Peter McGarr - Making Music Award winner

2013 Making Music Award winner

The British Composer Awards celebrate the music of today’s composers living and working in the United Kingdom, as well as UK premieres of works by composers from outside the UK.

In 2013, the Making Music category, which recognises works written for voluntary, amateur or youth choirs and ensembles, was won by Peter McGarr, for his work Dry Stone Walls of Yorkshire, commissioned by Howard Jones, Artistic Director of Open Score 2012 and performed by CoMA London Ensemble.

In Dry Stone Walls of Yorkshire, live performers combine with a pre-recorded soundtrack to evoke the atmosphere, sounds and memories of this landscape. Parts of the soundtrack are field recordings made on and around Saddleworth Moor. It had it's UK premiere on the 23 October 2012 at St Leonards Church, Shoreditch, London.

Visit the British Composer Awards website for further information.

2012 Making Music Award winner

Emily Howard photo credit Matthew Seed The 2012 Making Music Award went to Emily Howard for her piece Mesmerism for Piano and Chamber Orchestra commissioned by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, a Making Music member, in its Diamond Jubilee Year with support from the PRS for Music Foundation. The winners were announced in a ceremony in London’s Goldsmith’s Hall on 3 December 2012.

Perform Peter's and Emily's selected works

Peter is offering a selection of his works free to download and perform. Find out more and view the available works here.

Emily has made a specific selection of her music available to member groups at a 20% discount on the cost of hire or purchase. Visit Emily's page to browse and hear her selected works and find out how you can apply for a member's discount to hire or purchase her music.

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