The LSO is delighted to announce that 2017 Panufnik Composer Grace-Evangeline Mason has been awarded the fourth annual LSO Community Choir Commission, to be premiered in November 2018.
Now in its 15th year, the LSO Community choir is a sociable group of 120 mixed-ability singers who make up a diverse cross-section of the local community. Each year since 2015, the choir has commissioned a work by a Panufnik Scheme alumni from the previous year to be performed in their autumn concert at LSO St Luke's.
The 2018 Commission, which is themed around remembrance and will be premiered on Friday 16 November 2018, has been awarded to Grace-Evangeline Mason. Her three-minute piece will set a poem by the World War I poet Rupert Brooke, Fafaia. In order to write it, Grace-Evangeline will observe rehearsals and spend time with the choir, and work alongside conductor David Lawrence.
Since winning the 2013 BBC Proms Young Composer's competition for her piece Convergence, Grace-Evangeline Mason's music has been commissioned by festivals such as the BBC Proms, broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4 as well as performed at venues both across the UK and internationally. She has worked with ensembles including the LSO, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Early Opera, the Aurora Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia amongst others. Grace-Evangeline participated in the LSO's 2017 Panufnik Scheme and premiered her piece beneath the silken silence in a workshop with the LSO and François-Xavier Roth in March 2018. She is the recipient of the Rosamond Prize (2016) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's Christopher Brooks Prize (2017).
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