News: The Francis Chagrin Award Results - Meet the Artists!

Francis Chagrin Recipients
Francis Chagrin Recipients

Meet the latest recipients of the Francis Chagrin Award

The Francis Chagrin Award is for composers looking for that quick top-up to
get them to the next step in creating new work. 

With three rounds per year, meet the latest artists who have benefitted from that extra bit of money to make their projects a reality.

Giulia Monducci


Born in Italy,Giulia Monducci graduated in Composition from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and in Music for the Media from the "G.B. Martini" Conservatory of Bologna. Her music has been performed at international festivals and venues, such as the ABC  Auditorium (Melbourne), impuls Festival (Graz), KlaraFestival (Brussels), LaGuardia Performing Arts Center(New York), Mantova Chamber Music Festival, Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford),Wroclaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, by ensembles like Klangforum Wien, Norrbotten NEO, Quartetto Prometeo, and Ukho Ensemble Kyiv, among others. She is currently a PhD candidate in Composition at the University of Oxford.

Giulia Monducci said:

"I am very honored to have been granted the Francis Chagrin Award this year and truly grateful for the support I'm receiving from Sound and Music. The money will go towards covering the cost for a new work for piano solo commissioned by Dina Pysarenko, which I am beyond excited to work with."

 @Giulia Monducci

 Giulia Monducci

Philip Lancaster

Philip Lancaster is an emerging composer who returned to composition in 2014, thanks to a Finzi Scholarship from the Finzi Trust, after 15 years diversion into academic pursuits as a critical and textual scholar of 20th century music and poetry. Already, Philip’s works have been heard at several festivals and other venues,including the première of a major chamber oratorio, War Passion, at the Three Choirs Festival in 2016.  Recent works include a Canticle for soprano and piano, being premièred in 2019, and a short choral work that has just been accepted for publication by Stainer & Bell.

Philip Lancaster said:

"I am so pleased and grateful to have been granted this Francis Chagrin Award. It will be invaluable in allowing me to work with a violinist in working on, and refining, the instrumental writing in my newly completed song cycle for tenor and violin, ‘Fallen’. As a composer, being able to draw upon the expertise of performers is hugely important, increasing one’s knowledge and awareness of the technical possibilities and sonorities of their instruments.  Thanks to this award, I have now been able to arrange that session, and greatly look forward to finalising the work prior to sending it out into the world.  Thank you Sound and Music!"


 Philip Lancaster 


Rhiannon Scutt

'The perfect artist for intimate shows and grand theatre halls alike, Rhiannon moves with her music in a way that is entirely natural, but not always typical of this genre. Rhiannon is often described as captivating, and I feel this entirely true. As a viewer, it’s as if you’re being let in on a private moment between her and her music, as if there is only her music. She plays as if no one is watching, and it is a fine thing to witness, allowing you to fully live in the moment and appreciate the spectacle.' - Fatea Magazine

Rhiannon Scutt said:

"It's a fine feeling to think that your craft is deemed worthy of that little bit of help by professionals in the industry. A huge thank you for supporting the work I create, it means a great deal. The funding will go towards studio and recording costs. I've developed a great relationship with The Big Wow Studios in Sheffield, especially producer Paul Blakeman, and the money will go towards the mounting cost of recording my debut album. This money will certainly alleviate some pressure. Thank you!"


 Rhiannon Scutt

  Rhiannon Scutt

Anthony Gilbert

Born London 1934, Gilbert studied Composition with Mátyás Seiber,  Anthony Milner and Alexander Goehr, and later with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood.  He first attracted public attention in the 1960s with a series of virtuoso works for small ensembles, performed in the international festivals.  Leaving London for the North of England in 1970, first as Granada Arts Fellow at Lancaster University and then to teach Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, he devoted the next ten years to symphonies and operas. His works, now covering a wide range of forces from solo to large orchestra, are known internationally.

Anthony Gilbert said:

"My feelings on being selected for this award are of great elation, not least because it’s many decades since I’ve expected such an honour. The fact that it’s created in the name of Francis Chagrin is of special significance, since I knew him well, having served on many committees with him:   as a long-standing member of the SPNM’s  E.C., etc.  We even jointly partook in the conducting classes at Morley College, directed by Lawrence Leonard.

The money I’ve been awarded will be used to cover the cost of printing and binding 4 full scores (61 pages each), 2 vocal score (32 pages each), and sufficient parts for a medium string orchestra (amounting to 120 pages for each version, i.e. for lyrical baritone and for mezzo-soprano, where the scoring will be different). Thank you, Sound and Music, for such a wonderful and generous award."


Francis Chagrin was the founder of the Society for the Promotion of New Music
(SPNM). During his career he composed symphonies, songs, chamber music, and
over 200 film scores. His music is collected in Sound and Music’s British Music Collection.

The Francis Chagrin Award is accepting applications!

Next deadline: 18th February 2019

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