We are delighted that Rebecca Saunders has been announced as the winner of the RPS award for Chamber-Scale composition for her latest work and hcmf// co-commission Skin. The piece received its UK Premiere at hcmf// 2016, performed by contemporary power house Klangforum Wien. Rebecca has a close relationship with the festival having been composer in residence in 2010.
The winners were announced in a ceremony at London’s Brewery on 9 May and the Jury released the below statement:
“With each piece this composer enters genuinely new territory, here creating an intensely dramatic work for the soprano, Juliet Fraser, and ensemble which demands the listener’s engagement. Taking its cue from lines of Samuel Beckett, Rebecca Saunders’ Skin makes for an exhausting and at times disturbing ride. It shows Saunders at the height of her powers, displaying an ability to hear and reproduce astonishing sounds with an artistry and technique which leave us gasping in admiration”