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Birtwistle tops British Composer Awards

Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Michael Finnissey both received 2 awards at the British Composer Awards on Friday. Birtwistle took the choral prize for The Ring Dance of the Nazarene and the orchestral award for Night's Black Bird.

Other winners included 27 year old Tarik O'Regan won the vocal prize for Sainte and Errollyn Wallen, who took the BBC Radio 3 listeners award, the only award voted for by the public, for Spirit Symphony - Speed-Dating for Two Orchestras.

The event was praised for its attempt to raise the profile of contemporary music, and for it's lack of any stylistic 'party line'.


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