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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

Meet the Composers

Elischa Kaminer 

Elischa Kaminer (*1991) is a composer and theatre-maker based in London and Frankfurt/Main. His work has been awarded prices such as the Andreas-Werckmeister-Preis, Bundeswettbewerb Komposition and a Help Musicians UK travel stipend. Performances at festivals and venues such as KORZO Theatre The Hague, NPAK Yerevan, Spitalfields Music Festival London, RADA London, the Roy O. Disney Hall L.A. and the Frankfurt Filmmuseum. Radio broadcasts on Deutschland Radio Kultur, Resonance FM and Resonance Extra. In 2010 he received a scholarship to study composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London followed by postgraduate studies at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Gießen.

#experiemental     #(electro)acoustic     # queerklezmer   #musictheatre     

Elischa  said:

"I'm hugely excited and very grateful! <3 The money will cover the costs of a recording session at the Roundhouse London where we recorded material for a piece of mine for string quintet and pre-recorded electronics. The piece was a collaboration with Frankfurt based painter Viola Bittl commissioned by ProArt Agency and premiered in Yerevan, Armenia in 2016 by ensemble x.y."


 Elischa Kaminer

James Wyness

James Wyness is an experimental composer, improviser, sound artist and researcherbased in Southern Scotland. He works with acoustic, electronic and environmentalsound sources to create works which sit within the wider experimental electroacousticproject, asking questions of generic categories such as noise, minimalism, ambientand industrial music. He works from an understanding of music as a phenomenologyof forms. His solo work encompasses performance, free improvisation, composition,digital and acoustic instrument building. He regularly collaborates with musicians andartists of other disciplines, from moving image makers to choreographers andmovement specialists.

James said:

"I am delighted to receive support from the Chagrin Award. The granting of supporttowards this musical project, largely experimental and exploratory, will not onlyenable the project as a result of the funding, but will also validate the work byconnecting it to Sound and Music’s wider network.Having completed a series of durational immersive works for hand-made instruments Iwant to develop my research and compositional work to include other instruments assound sources. One such instrument is the Border Pipes. I will use the award towardsa recording session with piper Matt Seattle ( who isone of instrument’s finest exponents. My aim is to spend a day in my studio, recordingthe pipe drones in particular using a variety of recording techniques, then to edit andprocess the recordings as material for new work."


 James Wyness 

Jenny Moore

Jenny Moore is a Canadian performance artist and composer based in London. She founded the all-female, all-drum band Charismatic Megafauna who recently recorded a live album at Tate Modern, led sound workshops at the ICA, and performed at the V&A, London. She developed a series of musical interventions with Tate Collective and Roundhouse Experimental Choir for Late at Tate Britain, and an engaging work for 10 voices and two drummers commissioned by Wysing Polyphonic 2016. She has shown internationally and performed at Serpentine Gallery, BFI London with Jarvis Cocker, Block Universe Performance Festival, London, Metaphonica, Central Saint Martins, Tate Modern. 

#experimental     #performanceart    #vocal    

Jenny said:

"Big thanks to Sound and Music for supporting female-led, experimental work! I'm coming a new set of songs for a female choir and two drummers based on improvisatory workshops and shared readings. The choir is a group of un-trained singers and punk drummers -- this money will help fund the hiring of space for these workshops."


 Jenny Moore

Richard Barnard

Richard Barnard is a British composer. He has been commissioned by many singers, ensembles, opera companies and festivals including Welsh National Opera, Mark Padmore, St Endellion Festivals, Opera North, CBSO, Bath Festival, National Dance Company Wales, Operasonic and Live Music Now. His music has been performed nationally and internationally by musicians including Juice Vocal Ensemble, BBC Singers, WNO Orchestra, Sarah Newbold, Amanda Cook, Delta Saxophone Quartet, Piotr Lempa and Siân Cameron. Collaborations with writers and artists include poet Ian McMillan, playwright Alan Harris and visual artists Kathy Hinde and Heidi Hinder.

#lyrical   #songcycle     #contemporaryclassical 

Richard said:

"I’m delighted to receive this Chagrin Award. It is always great to have projects supported and for organisations like Sound and Music to invest in my work. 
I will be using the Chagrin Award to pay for publisher’s costs in setting the poetry of Charles Causley. I will be creating ‘Ghost Songs’ - a new song cycle for Mark Padmore and guitarist Morgan Szymanski, commissioned by St Endellion Festivals. ‘Ghost Songs’ will be performed at this summer’s St Endellion Festival and at St George’s Bristol on October 20th. "


 Richard Barnard

Stephen Summers

I am a cellist, and am currently studying a Master’s in Electroacoustic Composition at Manchester University. Taking things apart, making mechanical-acoustical things and experimenting are what I love to do. This year my main project has been the Acousatron, which is a piano and four violins all fitted with motors. It sounds amazing and quite scary. I am now starting the ‘Gurgle Splosher’ a water-based instrument for ‘Landmines and Watermarks’ in Calderdale. Many of my projects are through Noisy Toys, which also provides workshops and shows for schools.

#sound     #music     #noise     #sonic     #acoustic

Stephen said:

"This award will allow me to build a coil-winder so that I can make pickups for amplifying unusual acoustic objects such as springs. I am designing a spring reverberator that can attach directly onto a cello string, and this support will mean that I can get the sensitive amplification required."




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: 14th August 2017

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