Irish composer shortlisted for 2015 British Composer Awards

Irish composer shortlisted for 2015 British Composer Awards

BELFAST-BORN composer, Brian Irvine, has been shortlisted for the British Composer Awards.

Irvine, who was also honoured last year by becoming Belfast’s first ever Music Laureate, has been nominated along with 32 other composers for a Stage Works piece Things We Throw Away.

This is not the first time Irvine has been nominated as he won a British Composer Award back in 2006 and was the recipient of the 2003 BBC Radio 3 Jazz award for Best New Work.

Nine years on from his first win at the awards he is hoping Things We Throw Away, a series of five short operas based on differing scenarios, will help him secure the prestigious accolade.

Irvine’s operas give the audience a snapshot of the tension and emotion involved in everyday interactions between family members, colleagues, and even an iron and an ironing board.

The British Composer awards are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and have been running every year since 2003.

BASCA created the British Composer Awards “to promote the art of composition, recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists, and bring their music to a wider audience.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenters Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Andrew McGregor, at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday 9 December.

To get tickets contact BASCA here