CLICK TO WATCH: Kerry Andrew's 'who we are' premiered by NYCGB at the Royal Albert Hall, April 2016

25 October 2017

Kerry Andrew's 'who we are' has been announced as one of 30 works by 'Britain’s foremost contemporary composers' nominated for the 2017 British Composer Awards.

The piece is one of three pieces shortlisted Amateur or Young Performers category, alongside 'The Feast That Went Off With A Bang' by Ed Hughes and 'The Hogboon' by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. 

Commissioned by NYCGB, 'who we are' was written for all five NYCGB choirs to perform at the opening of 'imagiNATIONS', a 2016 gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall celebrating British choral creativity through the centuries. It has subsequently been performed by the National Youth Choir at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Snape Maltings and on tour to China and Hong Kong. 

Kerry Andrew said:

"I am excited and chuffed to be shortlisted in the Amateur or Young Performers category for my piece 'who we are', written for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. It was an absolute pleasure working with this amazing mass of singers, who gave a brilliant premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 and have since performed it several times in small iterations. The piece is broadly about identity and 'otherness', a theme which seems more topical than ever in today's climate, and the British Composer Awards is a time to celebrate how music-making can bring people together in a powerful way."

The winning works will be announced at the BCA Awards Ceremony at the British Museum on 6 December.

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Kerry Andrew's 'who we are' was commissioned by the NYCGB New Music Programme with the generous support of Ambache Charitable Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation and the RVW Trust.