Paul McGuire is Announced Butterworth Winner 2015

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Sound and Music is delighted to announce the winner of The George Butterworth Prize, Paul McGuire.

Paul was selected for his Next Wave project 'Panels'. 

Paul McGuire is a Dublin-born composer based in London. He investigates the acoustic, timbral and technical characteristics of musical instruments, beyond a usage of extended techniques in order to focus his practice on sounds that one wouldn’t normally associate with such instruments. He is also interested in lo-fi audio production, takes full advantage of sampling and looping technologies, building dense textures of sound from on-the-fly home recordings. 

Paul is currently studying for a PhD in Composition at Brunel with Jennifer Walshe and Christopher Fox, funded by the 2012 Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship Award.

Panels was composed and recorded as part of Sound and Music's Next Wave programme. Next Wave showcases composing talent from the Nation’s higher education institutions and helps to bridge the difficult gap between composing in a university environment and pursuing a career as a professional composer.

“What a pleasure it was to discover the marvellous sonic world Paul McGuire explores in his excellent George Butterworth Prize winning work. It was an exciting discovery for all of us on the panel and a work we’d like to think will have many more performances.” 


- Stephen Montague, George Butterworth Prize selection panel


To learn more about Paul and his experience whilst on the Next Wave programme, you can watch the video below, or visit his website: 



About The George Butterworth Prize:

The George Butterworth prize is a £1500 grant, which is awarded annually to the composer of an outstanding new work created through one of Sound and Music’semerging composer programmes, which include Embedded, Portfolio and Adopt a Composer.

The George Butterworth Memorial Fund was established in 1921 by the composer’s family together with initial trustees including Ralph Vaughan Williams and George Dyson. It was funded by income from the estate of the composer himself who was tragically killed on the Somme during the First World War, having been awarded the Military Cross.

To find out more about previous recipients of the award: Click here

This prize is awarded in partnership with Making Music.

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