King’s alumni win at the 2015 British Composer Awards

King’s alumni won three of the twelve categories at the 2015 British Composer Awards on Wednesday, December 9th. Hosted by BBC Radio 3, the ceremony was broadcast on Hear and Now on Saturday, December 12th and is available on iPlayer until January 11th.

Photograph of Kate Whitley
Winner of the 2015 British Composer Award for Amateur or Young Performer, Kate Whitley.

King’s alumna and composer Kate Whitley (KC 2007) won the 2015 British Composer Award in the category of Amateur or Young Performer. At 27 years old, Kate was the youngest composer to win an award. Her piece, Alive, is the setting for a poem by fellow King’s alumna and poet, Hollie McNish (KC 2001). Earlier this year, Hollie won the 2015 Arts Foundation Spoken Word Award.

Double winner and King’s alumnus, Julian Anderson (KC 1992) won the Small Chamber category for his piece, String Quartet No. 2, as well as the Stage Works category for Thebans. These awards represent his fifth and sixth wins from the British Composer Awards.

Richard Causton, Fellow in Music at King’s, was also a runner-up for the Small Chamber category. His piece, Piano Quintet, had previously received critical acclaim. Richard is also the composer of this year's commissioned Christmas carol for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Another King's alumna, Judith Weir (KC 1973), was a runner-up for the Solo or Duo category for her piece, Day Break Shadows Flee. Last year Judith was appointed the first female Master of the Queen's Music.

Extracts from Kate Whitley’s Alive and Richard Causton’s Piano Quintet are available for listening from the British Composer Awards website. Further information about Kate Whitley’s Multi-Story outreach project, which commissioned the winning piece, has been published previously.

14 December 2015