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Composition lecturer wins major awards

Jonathan David Little

A READER in Music Composition and Music History at the University of Chichester has won major choral music awards in both Australia and the UK.

Jonathan David Little is one of only seven living British composers whose work was recently selected by an elite judging panel – established by the Royal Philharmonic Society in partnership with BBC Radio 3 – with the aim of giving “great contemporary choral works the attention they deserve,” according to the Controller of BBC Radio 3, Alan Davey.

Dr Little will take part in the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ENCORE Choral Programme, which will include “new audience development work”, as well as live broadcasts of performances during 2016-17, so that “Radio 3’s over 2 million listeners will also be able to discover these hidden treasures”.

The judging panel’s final decision was publically announced live on air on Sunday 28th June, during BBC Radio 3’s weekly choral programme The Choir, hosted by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

The jury consisted of leading British soprano Juliet Fraser, choral conductor Christopher Finch, Jeremy Evans, the editor of BBC Radio 3’s contemporary music programme Hear and Now, Tom Hutchinson, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s projects co-ordinator, and Rosemary Johnson, executive director of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

On the same day that Dr Little was notified of his UK award, it was officially announced that he had also won an inaugural Australian Government and Australia Council “Individual International Arts Project Award”, in order to assist with the costs of creating five new multi-part, a cappella polychoral works – together with their promotion, publishing, and recording in one of America’s leading classical music studios – Futura Studios – in Boston.Ferguson-Center-for-the-Arts

Jonathan David Little was earlier this year invited to America to be Featured Composer at the Christopher Newport University (CNU) Contemporary Music Festival in 2016 – including a showcase concert of his works at the prestigious Ferguson Center for the Arts in Virginia (pictured above).

He will also give two one-hour lectures and undertake workshops with composition students.

Many leading American and overseas composers have previously been featured at this inspiring American festival of new music.

Find out more information about the Royal Philharmonic Society or BBC Radio 3’s ENCORE Choral programme.

Alternatively read an article by Gramophone about the ENCORE project and Dr Little.