Three composers with a close association with Trinity Laban have been shortlisted for this year’s British Composer Awards.
Alumnus Cecilia McDowell has been shortlisted for the Choral category with When Time is Broke. Cecilia studied piano and composition at Trinity Laban, graduating in 1975. She has won many awards and her music has been commissioned and performed by leading choirs, ensembles and at major festivals both in Britain and abroad.
Alumnus and lecturer Mark Lockheart has been shortlisted for the Contemporary Jazz Composition category with With One Voice. Mark has won numerous awards and continues a prominent and influential career as both a saxophonist and composer. Trinity Laban’s Shapeshifter will premiere his brand new work Brave World at the Royal Festival Hall on 13 November as part of the London Jazz Festival 2016.
Kate Whitley has been shortlisted for the Amateur or Young Performers category with I am, I say. Kate is a composer, pianist and producer who has been commissioned to write a new opera for Blackheath Halls’ Community Children’s Opera. Sixty children will perform a fully staged, original opera alongside professionals, local adults and vocal students from Trinity Laban.
The British Composer Awards are unique in making contemporary music, jazz and sonic art the focus of their annual celebration. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Tuesday 6 December from 5pm.
To find out more about Shapeshifter’s performance of Brave World visit our events page.
For more information on the Blackheath Halls Community Opera visit the Community Engagement Programme page.