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

Chagrin - Meet the Winners
Meet the Winners
Thursday August 15th 2019

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.

Will Turner

Will is an award-winning composer based between London and Bristol. In 2019 he graduated from the National Film and Television School with an MA in Composing, achieving the Christie Award for the most promising student at the school. Over the last two years Will has worked on over 40 projects spanning fiction, documentary, science and natural history, animation, TV and games.
A number of the films he has contributed to have screened at major film festivals both nationally and internationally including: Cannes (FR), Visions Du Reel (CH), BFI Flare Festival (UK), and many more.

Will Turner said:

It feels great being selected for the Chagrin Award - a boost in confidence and just the support I need to keep pushing myself. 

The money awarded will go towards the cost of a Zoom H-5 field recorder, which I will be using to put together a bank of original samples from nature and city life for manipulation and experimentation. This will form part of a project where classic synthesized sounds are replaced with found sounds to explore new grounds in the genre of ambient electro music. 

  Will Turner  


Previous electroacoustic compositions include Radiophrenia Commission lonecrow make some hullabaloo; taking scissors to folks ties (commissioned by Alma Zevi Gallery, Venice); aka the bees sleep, premiered at Helicotrema Venice and thanks to CELF mid-Wales residency; those of us who have learnt to love our madnesses premiered at Arts Access Australia; švejk's journeyings at b#side, Italy (thanks to CESTA residency, Czech Republic). Curious Festival (North East England's LGBTQI+ arts festival) commissioned and premiered a body of work including the album - ink any body - about bisexual erasures. Additional work includes: Carlisle Arts Festival; New Art Gallery Walsall; Stockton Contemporary; Dragonfly Festival Sweden etc.

Gobscure said:

Having struggled / been excluded for so long (self-taught among other barriers) receiving this award is a wonderful boost, supporting us in developing a long-term work 'ships-ov-fool' searching for soothing at a time of such conflict. thank yu sound and music

Since seeing bosch's art way back and realising someone else saw what we saw we've struggled to express ourselves in 'mad sound art'. as part of sage gatesheads summer studios 2019 were finally realising a first version ov ships-ov-fool - rising tensions over europe, our mental distresses and ultimately the soothing (& international) properties of water all in the mix. this award buys us waterproof speakers, hydrophones and mp3 player - ships-ov-fool finally sailing!



Hugh Sheehan

Hugh Sheehan is a composer, diatonic button accordion player and electronic musician from Birmingham, now based between Finland and the UK. He writes and performs music at the intersections of chamber music, electronic music, and folk/traditional music.

Hugh’s work enquires as to how the behaviour of new instruments, interfaces or technology-based processes can translate to acoustic instrumentation (or other media), initiating events, taking their idiosyncrasies as motivic or thematic origin; an approach that his background as an Irish traditional musician substantially informs. His music often uses alternative scoring methods, yielding agency to performers, technology, and aleatoric processes.

Hugh Sheehan said:

I’m delighted to have been awarded the Francis Chagrin Award. Sound and Music’s ongoing support of composers/artists is a wonderful thing.

The funding will go towards the purchase of an RME Babyface Pro audio interface. This will be integral to the creation of my debut album, Lost Time, a project which aims to document and amplify queer voices/experiences. I will be carrying out interviews, and other elements of location recording, that will be used on the record. Thus I require a mobile, USB-bus powered recording interface that will still provide the highest quality preamps/audio recording quality.


Blanca Regina

Blanca is an artist, curator and tutor based in London, who is currently involved in creating sound works, audiovisual performances, multimedia installations, photography and book arts. Recent music works include ‘Duets with Blanca Regina, Spontaneous Music’ released on Unpredictable Series where she uses voice, electronics and various instruments in duets recorded in London last fall.

She has created music and films with artists, including Peter Cusack, John Butcher, Leafcutter John, Matt Black (Coldcut), Hyelim Kim, Aneek Thapar, Jack Goldstein, David Toop, Steve Beresford, Sharon Gal, Mandhira de Saram, Adriana Camacho and Matthias Kispert. Blanca has been leading audiovisual performance art and projection mapping workshops plus curated events internationally. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Sound and Music, BMC, Amexcid, Photo-España and Garage Cube.  

Blanca Regina said:

It's an honour to be a recipient of this award. It means a lot to me as an experimental musician and artist to be supported, as we are pushing the language in a direction that is yet unknown - discovering elements of sound and music language and its legacy as we play.

The money is going to be used to record an album with Steve Beresford, pioneer of improvised music in the UK, at one of the best independent studios in London, Wilton Way Studios - with sound recordist and musician Syd Kemp, and mixed by Dave Hunt.


  Blanca Regina

Craig Gell

Craig Gell is a composer and artist based in Folkestone, Kent. His work includes short film scores for the BBC and BFI, and sound art projects which have been showcased at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Folkestone Triennial. Inspired by landscapes and the environment, his work explores issues around heritage and conservation that inform a sense of place, and is realised through a blend of experimental techniques and diverse styles of music.

Craig Gell said:

I am delighted to have been selected for the Francis Chagrin Award - as a composer working in music for film, it is an honour to receive the eponymous award of such a prolific composer of film music. I’m immensely grateful to Sound and Music for their support in the creation of new music. 

The contribution from the Francis Chagrin Award will go towards a portable MIDI controller to aid in the composition of music for a new animated short film, commencing at an artist’s residency at The Red House in Aldeburgh. The film, entitled Red Rover, is a neo-colonial monster movie set on Mars, depicting the clash between the planet’s native rock-creatures and an invading rover sent from Earth to search for signs of life.


 Craig Gell 

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!

Find out more here>>

Previous Recipients

Find out about the previous round of award recipients here.


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