News: Francis Chagrin Award - Meet the Artists! (November 2019 Winners)

Meet the latest recipients of the Francis Chagrin Award

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

Claire Victoria Roberts

Described as ‘one of Wales's leading composers’ by Wales Arts Review, Claire Victoria Roberts's music has been performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Psappha Ensemble, cellist Oliver Coates, trumpeter Simon Desbruslais, harpist Anne Denholm and the Orion Orchestra.

Claire is the Winner of a Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 2019-2020, as well as an Adopted Composer for Camden Symphony Orchestra. She was also 2017 winner of the Mathias Composition prize, and 2016 winner of the Parry Williams award.

Outside of the concert hall, Claire's music revolves around collaborative processes and curation.

Claire said:

"The money will be put towards recordings of a new folk and jazz inspired project in collaboration with Adam Fairhall, The Imaginary Delta.

I'm very excited to start work on this project, and the support from Sound and Music has not only given me the confidence to proceed but has enabled us to overcome a huge logistical barrier."



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Shamica Ruddock

Shamica Ruddock is a visual artist and arts educator working between sound, text and moving image. With a background in cultural heritage, specifically archive, collections and community engagement, much of this experience has guided her artistic practice. Situated at an intersection between art and heritage, Shamica is interested in memory, the legacies we inherit and shared tools for cultural preservation. She is also interested in how communities exist and persist through sound, and notions of sonic autobiographies - both collective and personal.

Shamica said:

"I’m still developing as an artist so it feels great to be selected for the Francis Chagrin Award at this point in my practice. Especially when at times it can feel like you’re
just plodding along. The recognition from Sound and Music definitely feels like motivation to keep going. 
The contribution from the Francis Chagrin Award will go towards the purchase of a Korg Kaoss Pad."




Joshua Legallienne 

Joshua Legallienne is an artist from Essex, UK. He is best known for Action Without Action (2012–present), a series of performances and kinetic sculptures that produce acoustic sound without loudspeakers or electronics. His work investigates the relationships between environmental phenomena and the physical properties of raw materials. Legallienne’s work is unmediated, mostly undocumented, and in line with this the artist has no website or online presence. 

Joshua said:

"I am very humbled to have received the Francis Chagrin Award. Sound and Music have a great reputation for supporting experimental sound and music projects and it is particularly heartening to be recognised and supported with this award.

The award will be used to realise a new work that will be premiered in Iraq at the 4th Kurdistan Sound Art Exhibition in April 2020. The funds will cover some of the material costs necessary for the work’s fabrication. This particular work is a kinetic sound installation and will produce acoustic sound in response to environmental variations in air pressure."


Hayley Suviste

Hayley Suviste is a sound artist and composer based in Manchester, UK. Hayley has recently completed a masters in Electroacoustic Composition at NOVARS sound research-centre (University of Manchester). Her music focuses on the exploration of space, memory and narrative – transforming field recordings, oral histories and archival sounds into immersive compositions.

Her output includes long-form multi-channel compositions, interactive soundwalks, installations, site-specific commissions, collaborative performances and works for fixed media & live electronics. She also co-runs The Manchester Ear, a soundwalk venture which aims to get communities involved with listening to the environment on excursions in and around Manchester. 

Hayley said:

"I am very grateful to receive the Francis Chagrin Award! Sound and Music’s commitment to supporting the creation of new experimental music is hugely appreciated.   

Since graduating I no longer have access to educational facilities that were essential to the creation of my work such as good quality studios, software and microphones. This award will be going towards the purchase of a microphone that will allow me to make professional quality studio and field recordings at home that will be used in my upcoming projects." 

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Tomas Nordmark

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Tomas Nordmark is a Swedish composer and artist living and working in London. He was educated at the University of Linköping in Sweden where he studied audio culture and contemporary art. His work has been featured in opera, public installations, films, theatre and in exhibitions. Engaging in artistic research Nordmark’s projects are investigations in the humanities, the natural and the unknown. In 2019 Nordmark released his debut solo album “Eternal Words” on Brooklyn-based label Valley of Search. An experiment in exploring the future (of music) in ancient melodies, Eternal Words was inspired by the writings of cultural theorist Mark Fisher.

Tomas said:

"Having both the cinema medium and specifically film score very present in my work and how I think of music I’m very honoured to be supported by an award named after legendary film composer Francis Chagrin. Many thanks!

The award will fund an underwater recording microphone that will enable me to continue my work on a composition suite that investigates the mythological creature “The Neck” (in Britain called the Knucker), a curious composition project that juxtaposes poetry with myths, phase-shifting with shape-shifting and humans with non-humans."


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Ergo Phizmiz 

Ergo Phizmiz is a composer, writer, theatre director & designer, collagist, pop songwriter, radio playwright, opera maker, and all-round entertainer. Their work, which exceeds four hundred hours, has been presented across stage, radio, television, concerts and galleries, including many acclaimed productions for Bayerischer Rundfunk, BBC Radio 3, Deutchlandradiokultur, Concertzender, Tate Modern, the Royal Festival Hall, BBC 6Music, The Wire magazine, Resonance FM, BBC Radio 1, Operadagen Rotterdam, Channel 4, and WFMU. Artists they have collaborated with include Goodiepal, Lukas Simonis, People Like Us, Frankie Boyle, Christian Marclay, David Fenech, Frederic Wake-Walker, Bill Bankes-Jones, and Satanicpornocultshop.  Most recently Ergo collaborated with the Cleveland Orchestra as animator and designer on their new production of Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos", and currently co-curates the experimental radio station Wolverton FM.

Ergo said:

"Thank you very kindly to the good folk at Sound and Music and the Francis Chagrin Award for aiding my continued experiments in upsetting inkjet printers.

The funds from this award go towards the cost of ink for a new audio-visual compositional process I have been developing over the past year, in the pursuit of digital music and art made without the intervention of computers, using the corruption of the mechanisms of colour photocopying to create new image and sound based possibilities. The end results of these experiments will form the fabric of my new piece "Dimbola Mikado", which premieres in Summer this year at Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight."


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Bethan Morgan-Williams

Bethan Morgan-Williams (1992-) is a Welsh composer based in Montgomeryshire. She composes instrumental, vocal and electronic music for people of all ages and abilities, finding motivation through the simple urge to provide performers with new and exciting music. Described as “marvellously oblique and obscure” (5against4) while being “rooted in something ancient and folky” (The Telegraph), Bethan’s music is fluid and expressive. Current projects include a new piece for Ensemble Musikfabrik, and commissions from Park Lane Group, Antoine Tamestit & Colin Currie (LSO), and Fenella Humphreys. 

Bethan said:

"I am very grateful to have received the Francis Chagrin Award to support me at this time. Getting started as a composer is not at all easy. Sacrifices have to be made, whether financial, social or personal. Any and all help and support a composer receives during this time is invaluable, no matter how small.

I have put this money towards the cost of printing two new pieces: one for Uproar Ensemble and the other for the Wales International Piano Festival (WIPF). Uproar will premiere Devil’s Elbow on 28 February 2020 at The Chapter (Cardiff), while Cusan Aderyn will receive its premiere on 2 May at WIPF (Galeri, Caernarfon)."


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Finlay Clark and Ailie Ormston 

Ailie Ormston (b. 1994, Aberdeen) and Finlay Clark (b. 1995, London) are both interdisciplinary artists and composers with Fine Art backgrounds. Ormston’s practice ranges from performing and writing experimental electronic music, exhibiting in galleries, producing contemporary-classical music, as well as preparing her second release with long-term collaborator Tim Fraser. Clark, a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and composer, is releasing a second LP with their trio Still House Plants on Blank Forms (US) and bison (UK) in May 2020. 

Finlay and Ailie said:

"We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Francis Chagrin Award and will use this opportunity to develop our mutual interests and passion as composers.

The money will be used to cover printing costs for scores - supporting our upcoming interdisciplinary work – in string quartet form – in 2020."


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 2020

Find out more here>>

Previous Recipients

Find out about the previous round of award recipients here.


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