News: The Chagrin Award results - meet the artists!

Francis Chagrin Recipients
Francis Chagrin Recipients

Meet the latest recipients of the Francis Chagrin Awards

The Francis Chagrin Award is for composers looking for that quick top-up to get them to the next step in creating new work. 

With three rounds a year, meet the latest artists who have benefitted from that extra bit of money to make their projects a reality.

Anthony Esland

Anthony is an award-winning composer for stage and screen. He has scored several films, TV shows and games in the last couple of years, recently collaborating with BAFTA-winning editor, Mark Towns, and recording artist, Ólafur Arnalds. Anthony is currently writing his first feature film score, Nice Mike, and composing tracks for several production libraries. Anthony is increasingly in demand as a concert composer. Ensembles such as the BBC Singers have performed his music and he has received bursaries from the BBC and PRS; he is currently an LSO Soundhub Associate and Bliss Trust Award holder. Performances of Anthony’s concert music in 2018 include several choral pieces, an organ suite, a work for two pianos and a song cycle. Anthony studied music at Cambridge University and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music; he recently graduated from the National Film and Television School with an MA in Composing for Film and TV.

#tonal #melodic #rhythmic #electronic #fusion


Anthony Esland said:

"I’m very grateful to Sound and Music for selecting me as a recipient of a Chagrin Award; any additional help or support is always very welcome and this top-up comes just at the right time! I intend to use the award to help fund the world premiere of a new piece of mine: a work for upper voices choir and harp based on a Norse poem from The Elder Edda, composed for Polaris Vocal Ensemble."


Anthony Esland


Donal Sarafield

As a composer I primarily record, transform and organise sounds. In all my recent work I am interested in stimulating a perceptual link between the listener, the work and the world in which we live. My PhD in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of
Manchester, involved composing a series of pieces focusing on one particular
sound source, be it the sound of clapping, doors, or snare drums.

#organisedsound #composer #sound


Donal Sarafield said:

"I am delighted to be selected for the Francis Chargin Award which will be used towards
purchasing the IRCAM software AudioSculpt.

I intend to use the software in the creation of an installation work, featuring footage of the
Victorian cuttings from Liverpool Lime Street to Edge Hill Station, and also
for a piece for Distractfold Ensemble. The software will enable me to clean and
manipulate recorded sounds with greater precision, which will make the
resulting pieces more persuasive. The clearer the sound, the better the




Eleanor Turner

Eleanor Turner is a harpist and composer who performs
worldwide and has won numerous international awards. She is Head of Harp at the
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she teaches and curates creative events.
Her first big commission was from Ballet Wales in 2007 and she composes for her
own ensembles as well as song-writing with her band Ranagri. Key collaborations
have been with guitarist composer Alan Thomas and hip-hop dancer Lizzie Gough
for their Elusive Symmetry show, Circustheater TENT and most recently using
sound spatialisation and gesture-controlled technology with Balandino Di
Donato, performing their HarpCI project from London to Shanghai.

#electro-acoustic #experimental #spoken Word #emotive #atmospheric #multi-faceted


Eleanor Turner said:

"Receiving the Francis Chagrin Award is a boost to
my creative morale and has inspired me to push the boundaries of my electric
harp compositions. I can't wait to get in the studio to experiment freely and
sculpt more of my raw material into music I can share.

I'll be using the money to buy studio time to be able to
bring my compositional ideas together in several pieces which require space and
volume that I don't have at my house and my neighbours wouldn't willingly




Elisabeth Salverda

I am a pianist, piano technician, sound artist, researcher and translator with a keen interest in acoustics, mechanics, field recording, musical instruments and other sound
objects; I am currently in the first year of a part-time MMus at Goldsmiths
College, University of London. I am composing a piece to accompany a theatre
presentation of poems, songs and testimonies in commemoration of the armistice
centenary of the First World War, to be performed in Paris and Brussels in
November 2018, using sounds made from the debris of the “war to end all wars”:
the copper grenade shells seen in the picture.

#experimental #acoustic #electronic


Elisabeth Salverda said:

“The Francis Chagrin Award has helped fund the purchase of a series of
grenade shells of different sizes and provenance dating back to the First World
War, at various flea markets in Flanders. The award will support my
professional development in a unique international setting at the beginning of
my career and allow me to participate in a serious poetic attempt to mark an
important historical event.”


Mike Brooks

Mike Brooks is a London-based musician and composer. He was a co-founder of the World in Winter collective and label
- playing in improvised noise bands like Angela Valid and
Fruitdogs - before enrolling on the PACE evening classes at
Goldsmiths and focusing on composition and song-form. He managed the
alternative art school Open School East and is currently a
member of the Common Study artist group. 

 #experimental #song-form #story-form


Mike Brooks said:

"I couldn't push through with some of my ideas if it wasn't for the
award. I am interested in the possibilities of
sonic space and the powers encoded in the white male voice as it
narrates and maps this space. The award will enable me
to work through these ideas with a
theatre-maker, embodying different positions through sound and



Oogoo Maia


#embodiedmusicperformance #improvisation #experimental music

Oogoo Maia said:

"I am speechless about winning the Francis Chagrin Award. I can’t find the words. The
money will contribute to the printing costs of the score of a new piece."


Rose Hall

Rose Miranda Hall is an award-winning composer whose work focuses on telling narratives that challenge common preconceptions through opera and contemporary music theatre.
Rose has been awarded second prize in the Wolf Durmashkin Composition Award
2018 for ‘Mein Schatten’, a setting of a poem written by Nevio Vitelli in
Dachau. ‘Mein Schatten’ will be premiered by the Bavarian Philharmonic
alongside the other winning works in Landsberg am Lech, May 2018. Rose’s
chamber opera ‘Dead Equal’ - written in collaboration with librettist Lila
Palmer - receives its Northern American Premier with Kallisti Ensemble in San
Diego May 2018 and will be directed by Susan Narucki. ‘when we unpack it, we
will be home’ (text also by Lila Palmer) is part of ‘Coming Home’ with The Art
Song Collaborative Project, an international collaboration and will be
premiered in Toronto July 2018.  

#composer #opera #contemporarymusictheatre 


Rose Hall said:

"I am delighted to have received this award as it not only
supports my work and exposure internationally, it also supports the craft of
the librettist Lila Palmer who has written the text for this piece. The funding
enables me to write an evocative piece piece of music for my first performance in
Canada, using a new and exciting text created for this project. 

I am using the Francis Chagrin Award to pay my librettist collaborator Lila
Palmer for her text for when you unpack it, we will be home which is
part of Coming Home with The Art Song Collaborative Project.
The project is run by Canadian composer Alondra Vega-Zaldivar and brings
together 15 composers and 6 performers from around the world to tell the story
of a mother and daughter as they journey in search of new beginnings."


RoseMirandaHall //  Librettist Website:


Sarah Heneghan

While at the University of Sheffield, Sarah Heneghan led the university samba band, participated in 'The Human Drum Machine Orchestra’, and established a DIY music night ‘Backyard Sessions’. Since graduating, she teaches at AS music school, and is involved in  numerous projects, including Beyond Albedo (which the award will help to fund). 
Beyond Albedo are an improvisational 4-piece techno-jazz outfit, featuring drum kit, drum machine, electric bass, guitar, synths, and soprano saxophone (with an
array of effects pedals). This creates very danceable and minimalist music, while keeping every performance intricate and fresh.

#jazz #techno #electric #minimalism


Sarah Heneghan said:

"I'm so happy to have received this award, and its support will be
invaluable to the making of our EP. The award money will go towards paying the cost of the Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine. This bit of kit is essential to the creation of
our music."




Tim Mayron

Tim Maryon is an award winning composer for TV and film.
Embracing a wide range of musical mediums, Tim utilizes everything from
electronics to the full range of the orchestra in his works.
Classically trained, Tim spent his formative years studying at Wells Cathedral
Music School, Trinity College Of Music and Dance and more recently The Royal
College Of Music - where he was generously supported by the Ian Lombe Award.
Tim has worked with a wide range of clients including - Victoria Beckham, The
BBC, Kew Gardens, The BFI, The Derek Jarman Lab, RADA and Music Production
Labals Klanglobby & Dynamic Music.
As well Music for Film and TV, Tim is in popular demand for concert works and
has had works performed in such venues as - The Southbank Centre, The English
National Opera, Camden's Round House and The Baribcan Centre.

 #composer #TV #film


Tim Mayron said:

"I am thrilled to have be gifted the Fransis Chargrin Award.
Their support will be instrumental in helping me achieve the musical goals I
have set for the projects ahead."



Francis Chagrin was the founder of the Society for the
Promotion of New Music (SPNM). During his career he composed symphonies,
songs, chamber music, and over 200 film scores. His music is collected
in Sound and Music’s British Music Collection.

The Francis Chagrin Award is accepting applications!

Next deadline: 29th May 2018

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