James Dillon's Tanz/haus : triptych 2017 is nominated in the chamber ensemble category along with James Weeks' Libro di fiammelle e ombre and Oliver Knussen's O Hototogisu. Tanz/haus : triptych 2017 picked up an RPS Award in May this year, following its premiere by Red Note Ensemble at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2017 and the ensemble has since performed the work at Sound Festival, Transit and November Music. The piece was commissioned by Red Note Ensemble and the aforementioned festivals.
Roxanna Panufnik's Unending Love is up for an award in the choral category with Judith Weir's In the Land of Uz and Raymond Yiu's Mielo. Unending Love was premiered by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain accompanied by the South Asian ensemble Tarang and sets the poem of the same name by Rabindranath Tagore.
In the small chamber category, Rebecca Saunders' Unbreathed is nominated alongside Robert Laidlow's Lines Between and Charlotte Bray's Chant. Unbreathed was first performed by Quatuor Diotima at Wigmore Hall in January 2018. The quartet has since performed the piece at ECLAT Festival Stuttgart, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Klagspuren Schwaz, November Music, and the Library of Congress, Washington DC.
Results of the awards will be announced on 4 December in a ceremony at the British Museum which will be recorded for deferred BBC Radio 3 broadcast on 9 December.