2016: Freya Ireland
RPS-Duet Prize Young Composer Prize winner
Awarded: £1,500 and a professional UK commission
Freya Ireland attended Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham. She plays percussion, clarinet and piano, and has sung in a number of local choirs. As a composer, Freya had her setting of Jeremiah’s Lamentations performed by The Tallis Scholars and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as the winning piece of the NCEM young composers’ competition 2014.
She has been commissioned to write a number of works for local choirs including the Tewkesbury Abbey choir, Gloucester Choral Society, and the Oriel singers. In 2014 she was a finalist in the Nonclassical Composers Competition, with a piece that involved musicians and singers in four different countries playing a work via video links, this piece was singled out for praise by The Daily Telegraph.
In 2016, Freya was principal composer for the National Youth Orchestra, having joined the orchestra's cohort of teenage composers in 2013; her music has been performed by members of the NYO in Birmingham Symphony Hall, Tate Britain, the Royal Festival Hall and other prestigious venues.
Freya was appointed RPS/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer, a new initiative announced in 2016, in association with the Duet Group. In this role, Freya enjoyed coaching from Wigmore Hall Composer in Residence, Helen Grime. Her apprenticeship ran throughout Wigmore Hall’s 2016-17 season, during which time she will also wrote a new work Puzzled performed by Cavendish Winds which you can hear here:
Dame Janet Baker CH DBE, legendary mezzo-soprano: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 1987 and the RPS Gold Medal in 1990
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