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Winner of 1st Claudio Abbado Composition Prize


The Berlin Philharmonic has named the first winner of the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize as Jorg Widmann. The 33 year old composer from Munich studied at Julliard and has been taught by composers including Hans Werner Henze, Wolfgang Rihm and Heiner Goebbels. The award is to be given every two years to a composer who writes a work for members of the Philharmonic's Orchestra Academy. Widmann received the award for a quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet and horn which will be premiered in Berlin on Friday 10th November.

Hesketh Named as RLPO Composer in Residence


The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have named 38 year old composer Ken Hesketh as its house composer. The two year residency will include Liverpool's year as European City of Culture.

Hesketh grew up in Liverpool and, as a chorister at the Anglican Cathedral, had his first orchestral work performed by the RLPO aged 13.

Jazz Pioneer Dies Aged 78


The American tenor saxophonist Edgar E. 'Ed' Summerlin has died in New York at the age of 78. The jazz musician was one of the pioneering figures to combine jazz composition with the liturgy. Born in 1928 Summerlin graduated from Eastman having studied composition with Gunther Schuller (notable for his 'Third Stream') and Hall Overton. His most well known works include 'Requiem for Mary Jo' and 'Jazz Vespers Service'.

Iglesias Awarded 'Composer of the Year'


Film composer Alberto Iglesias has been awarded 'Soundtrack Composer of the Year' and 'Best Original Soundtrack' for The Constant Gardener at the 6th World Soundtrack Awards. The awards are part of the Flanders Film Festival in Ghent which strive to bring film music to wider attention. Other winners included Evanthia Reboutsika for 'Father and Son' and Randy Newman for 'Cars'.

Knussen Appointed Artist-in- Association


The UK's Birmingham Contemporary Music Group have appointed composer/conductor Oliver Knussen as artist-in-association. The appointment, which begins this season (see C:T's concert listings), will last for three years and see Knussen not only conducting but also programming a series of concerts.

Sir Malcolm Arnold Dies


The British oscar winning composer Sir Malcom Arnold has died after a brief illness at the age of 84. Arnold's output included over 131 film scores, including The Bridge Over the River Kwai for which he won the oscar, seven ballets and nine symphonies.

Arnold was also a trumpeter, having studied at London's Royal College of Music, and for some years held the principal trumpet seat of the London Philharmonic. During the war Arnold was exempted from military service after shooting himself in the foot! Following the war he concentrated mainly on composing and hoped to be remembered as 'an honest composer'.

Canadian Music Centre Pushes Composers Outside


A recent article published on the internet(see link) has drawn attention to the Canadian Music Centre's new policy of encouraging Canadian composers to create music for everyday life. The organisation is offering funding for works within the community - eg. airports. The drive is designed to connect with the wider population and increase the diversity of new music concertgoers. For more information about the project see the CMC's website at
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George Benjamin awarded fourth Roche Commission


George Benjamin has been awarded the fourth in the series of the prestigious commissions by the Swiss pharmaceuticals Roche. The commissions are based on recommendations by the artistic directors of the Lucerne Festival, Carnegie Hall and The Cleveland Orchestra. The first commission in 2003 went to Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
Benjamin's commission will be premiered in Lucerne in 2008.
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Gaddafi the Opera opens to cries of "Where's the singing"


"Singing was conspicuous by its absence," said The Daily Telegraph of the ENO's latest venture "Gaddafi: A Living Myth" which opened last week.

The opera was written by Asian Dub Foundationís Steve Chandra Savale and based on the life of the Libyan leader.

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John Drummond dies


Former BBC Radio 3 controller, Proms boss and Edinburgh International Festival director Sir John Drummond has died at the age of 71.

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