The Daryl Runswick Competition

On 23 March 2017, Through the Shutters warehouse in Greenwich was filled with brand new sounds as composers competed in the Daryl Runswick Competition, one of Trinity Laban’s premier prizes.

Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group, directed by Gregory Rose, performed brand new pieces based on the theme of ‘repurposing’. DJ George Percy and adjudicator Ed Bennett then selected composers Heather Stephenson and Andrew Liddell  to win the prize, awarded in association with Non-Classical.

The sold out evening was a resounding success with a great atmosphere in an unusual, up and coming local venue.

Heather commented:

"I'm thrilled to be awarded joint first in this competition alongside Andrew. I thoroughly enjoyed writing for this project and am very grateful for the support from Gywn Pritchard, Gregory Rose and my teacher Errollyn Wallen. I have already learnt so much since starting my Master’s Degree here at Trinity Laban and am looking forward to further developing my voice as a composer throughout the rest of my time here and beyond."

Andrew added:

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Daryl Runswick concert and felt it was a fitting celebration for us to mark the end of our classes for the year. I was grateful for the opportunity to have my piece performed at the event and to hear the other composers’ pieces. Since nearly all of the composition students and many of the teachers were in attendance there was a nice lively atmosphere, and this was also helped by the choice of venue."

The life and work of Daryl Runswick, Former Head of Composition at Trinity Laban, will be celebrated at a gala concert at Cadogan Hall on Tuesday 6 June. Runswick has dedicated his new piano concerto to Trinity Laban professor Aleksander Szram, who will be performing as a soloist in this premiere. With other performers including the King’s Singers, London Voices and Daryl Runswick himself, is an opportunity to hear a star-studded line up, performing  a lively and varied programme which reflects Runswick’s eclectic career.

For more information on the concert visit the Cadogan Hall website.