Liverpool Philharmonic is delighted to announce 22-year-old Grace-Evangeline Mason as the 2017 winner of its annual Christopher Brooks Composition Prize.
Grace (b.1994) wins a cash prize of £1,000 made possible through the support of the Lancashire Sinfonietta Legacy Fund and The Rushworth Foundation and a year’s complimentary membership of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA). All three organisations are supporting the competition for a third year running.
Established in 2015, the Christopher Brooks Composition Prize is open to a composer aged 18-30 living, studying or working in the counties of Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester. It provides a unique opportunity for a North West composer to develop his or her talent and access mentoring and guidance from leading artists and music industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic. It culminates in the composer writing a new work for performance by Ensemble 10/10, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s new music group that will be premiered in autumn 2018.
Competition entries are judged by a panel of leading composers and music industry professionals. The 2017 panel were:
Hilary Browning, cellist, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Cornall, Artistic Director (Consultant), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Peter Garden, Executive Director (Performance and Learning), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Sally Groves, former Creative Director of Schott Music Publishers
Stephen Pratt, Professor of Music, Liverpool Hope University & Emeritus Professor, Gresham College, London
Vanessa Reed, Chief Executive, PRS for Music Foundation
Jonathan Rushworth, Rushworth Foundation
Grace-Evangeline Mason is studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where she holds a scholarship. Since winning the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers competition in 2013 for her piece Convergence, her music has been performed as part of the BBC Proms, broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and in venues across the UK and internationally. In 2014, she was a composer in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Grace is a composer on the LSO Panufnik Composers’ Scheme 2017 and is writing a work for the London Symphony Orchestra. Also this year, her orchestral work Kintsukuroi (Golden Repair) will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the biennial New Music North West Festival.
On winning the third Christopher Brooks Composition Prize, Grace said: ‘I am absolutely elated to have been chosen for the Christopher Brooks Prize this year. I am very excited to get involved with all that the prize has to offer and, of course, to write for the fantastic musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.’
Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra said: The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize represents Liverpool Philharmonic’s commitment to the commissioning and performance of new music and supporting home-grown talent. Congratulations to Grace. We want her year with us be a hugely enjoyable one that will benefit her work as a composer.’