2019: Large-Scale Composition

Supported by The Boltini Trust

For an outstandingly imaginative and engaging large-scale work receiving its first UK performance between January 2018 and June 2019.

Rebecca Saunders - Yes

Panel citation: An astonishingly original composer – consistently conjuring music that nobody else is dreaming of. In Yes, a powerful meditation on the ambiguities of language and expression, she transforms perceptions of a ‘large-scale’ composition, atomising the forces, creating a hypnotic and jewel-like intimacy.

Also shortlisted:


This year's Large-Scale Composition Award was decided by an independent panel drawn from across the music profession comprising:

  • Cathy Graham, Director of Music, British Council
  • Hannah Kendall, composer
  • Huw Humphreys, Head of Music, Barbican
  • Simon Webb, General Manager, BBC Philharmonic
  • Susanna Eastburn MBE, Chief Executive, Sound and Music

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