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British Composer Awards 2008

Jonathan Dove and Judith Bingham triumph at Awards Ceremony
Peters Edition is delighted to announce that Jonathan Dove and Judith Bingham have each won a British Composer Award in a ceremony held at the Law Society on 2 December.

‘Tidings of great joy: a Christmas miracle in Leeds! A modern composer has produced a new opera that is funny, poignant, tuneful, spectacular…’
Five Stars - Richard Morrison, The Times, 26 December 2007.

Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio won in the Stage Works category. Pinocchio was hailed as one of the most successful operatic ventures of recent times. Premièred by Opera North last Christmas in Leeds, Pinocchio received immediate and universal critical acclaim. Following a UK tour which included a run at Sadler’s Wells, the opera was translated into German and premièred by Theater Chemnitz in June 2008. It will receive its American première in 2009 with Minnesota Opera.

Judith Bingham is best known for her choral music and has dominated this area of the awards in the past, winning both the choral and liturgical prizes in 2004 and choral prize again in 2006. This year, Bingham won the Instrumental prize with Fantasia for solo violin, written for Peter Sheppard Skaerved. Bingham writes: I was extremely fortunate in 2007 to write a piece for Paganini’s violin ‘Il Cannone,’ which is kept in a vault in Genoa. This was down to the violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, who has instigated a relationship between the Genoa museum and the Royal Academy of Music in London. I felt I had to write a piece that was connected with Paganini, and decided to write about his famous cholera concerts in Paris, where he dressed ghoulishly in order to raise money for the victims. This piece was one of the first pieces of British contemporary music to be played on the violin.

Bingham was also nominated for the Liturgical prize for Missa Brevis ‘Awake my Soul'.

British Composer Awards website

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