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Win at British Composer Awards 2010

One of the pieces commissioned and premiered by Matthew Schellhorn has led to a win for its composer at the BASCA British Composer Awards 2010.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980) won the award for best piece in the Instrumental Solo or Duo category. Her piece, 'Stolen Rhythm' was written last year as part of a project to commemorate the Haydn bicentenary. The six pieces, grouped together as Homage to Haydn, received their world premiere performances in the 2009 Cambridge Festival and were published later that year in Muso magazine.

This year’s event proved exceptional on account of the unprecedented number of female composers who received accolades, as well as the outstanding number of young composers who have been awarded. Cheryl impressed the judges on two counts this year, also winning in the Liturgical category for 'Psalm 1: Blessed is the Man.'

The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music. In association with BBC Radio 3 the event will be broadcast in `Performance on 3’ at 7pm on Wednesday 1 December 2010.

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Haydn commission shortlisted for British Composer Awards 2010

One of the pieces from Homage to Haydn, commissioned by Matthew Schellhorn and premiered in the 2009 Cambridge Festival, has been shortlisted for a British Composer Award.

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‘Stolen Rhythm’ by Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980), was written last year as part of a project to commemorate the Haydn bicentenary. Six composers were commissioned to write a piece based on the letters H-A-Y-D-N, taking as their inspiration a similar set of pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, d’Indy, Hahn, and Widor. ‘Stolen Rhythm’ was the fourth piece in the set. The other composers involved in the project were Tim Watts, Colin Riley, Cecilia McDowall, Michael Zev Gordon, and Jeremy Thurlow. The six pieces, grouped together as Homage to Haydn, received their world premiere performances in the 2009 Cambridge Festival and were published later that year in Muso magazine.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad writes: ‘I took inspiration from the third movement of Haydn’s piano sonata in E flat (Hob XVI: 45) – the way it continually moves forward with a boundless energy and wit is thrilling. It seemed to me that it was the rhythmic content of the movement that gave it these properties, so I decided shamelessly to steal the rhythm – hook, line and sinker – and simply put my notes to it. I have played with various transmutations of the notes B, A, D, D, G, generating lots of different sets of pitches by methods such as inversion and transposition in order to arrive at the harmonic and melodic content.’

‘I am delighted that Cheryl’s piece is gaining the recognition it deserves,’ says Matthew Schellhorn. ‘“Stolen Rhythm” is a fabulously crafted and witty piece, which is great fun to perform, and which makes a very fitting tribute to Haydn.’

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See the music and read the interview in Muso magazine

Visit Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s website



Matthew Schellhorn with five of the six composers. From left to right: Tim Watts, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Jeremy Thurlow, Michael Zev Gordon, Cecilia McDowall. Absent: Colin Riley.

BBC Music Magazine award

Matthew Schellhorn is featured in the March issue of BBC Music Magazine.

In the article, which features young musicians described as the ‘brightest new stars’, Matthew was recognised as ‘making a name for himself in the music of Olivier Messiaen’.

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