Big winners in British Composer Awards 2014


Trinity Laban celebrated with friends and alumni who won in this year’s British Composer Awards, announced on 2 December 2014.

Music alumnus Cecilia McDowall (pictured) won the Choral category for Night Flight; and Kerry Andrew won twice – Dart’s Love for the Stage Works category; and Woodwose for the Community and Education Project category.

A 1975 graduate, Cecilia has been described by the International Record Review as having 'a communicative gift that is very rare in modern music'. Often inspired by extra-musical influences, her writing combines a rhythmic vitality with expressive lyricism 'which is, at times, intensely moving'. Her music has been commissioned and performed by leading choirs, including the BBC Singers, ensembles and at major festivals both in Britain and abroad and has been broadcast on BBC Radio and worldwide.

Kerry - who teaches composition at both Trinity Laban and Junior Trinity - specialises in experimental vocal music and music-theatre with a twist of pop, jazz, folk, world music and everything in between. She is a published choral composer with two large-scale choral releases on Boreas Music. Choral and experimental work has been heard on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, 6Music and Classic FM and on national news channels.

Kerry composed the brilliant London Breed for a performance at the Music for Youth Schools Prom in November 2014 by Trinity Laban’s Animate Orchestra and Junior Trinity. The young musicians played alongside a choir formed by 15 schools from Southwark, Greenwich, Lambeth and Lewisham Music Hubs, supported by musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the music hubs.

The Awards ceremony will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 6 December 2014 on 'Hear and Now' at 10pm.