A piece of music premiered by the City of Birmingham Choir last season has won a category in the British Composers Awards.
Chris Long's Oh Lord Remember, which opened a concert also including the Verdi Requiem in November last year, was commissioned as part of a scheme jointly promoted by Making Music, the Performing Rights Society and the Society for the Promotion of New Music. Up-coming composers were linked to performing groups to collaborate on a ten to 15-minute piece with a guaranteed performance.
Reviewing the concert in The Birmingham Post, John Bradshaw described the piece as "a persuasive and seriously good composition by an imaginative young composer that should be heard again."
It was nominated by the choir in the Making Music Award category and won last Friday at a ceremony at the Hayward Gallery in London, which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the Performance on 3 programme on Monday.
Other winners in various categories included Hugh Wood, Judith Bingham, Simon Holt, Jonathan Dove and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, who took the Radio 3 listeners' award for his Popcorn Superhet Receiver.
Chris Long's website is at www.chrislong.org.uk.