News: The latest recipients of the Chagrin Award!

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

Meet the Composers

Chris Cundy

Chris Cundy

 

 

 

 

 

Playing bass clarinet, saxophones, and other unusual woodwind instruments Chris explores an experimental practice while also working in popular music. Growing up in Medway, Chris became friends with Billy Childish - founder of Hangman Records. Exposed to the exploits of homemade music-making this instilled a strong DIY approach in his practice.

Also a visual artist Chris studied painting at Cheltenham, where he began to establish self-developed playing techniques cultivating a tactile approach to the instrument. This led to research into the music of Ton de Leeuw and Cornelius Cardew, and he has had a number of works written for him by the Greek composer Thanos Chrysakis.

He has also written theatre music and recently worked with composer Jon Nicholls on an original soundtrack for Florian Zellar's The Mother starring Gina McKee.

Chris said:

"I'm delighted to have been selected for Sound and Music's Francis Chagrin Award. This will help me secure additional funding and support for a research orientated project in collaboration with The Wilson - Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. I am working towards a project which interprets the Museum's historic collection through new music and radio mediums."

www.chriscundy.com

Chris Cundy

Chris Cundy

Chris Cundy

Chris Hutchings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Hutchings is an award-winning choral composer with a growing national and international reputation. His music ranges widely from works for children's choir to challenging pieces for professional singers.

Chris said:

"I'm delighted to have received the Chagrin Award to work with a lyricist, and hopefully this will allow us to turn an epic Scottish poem into a substantial piece for choirs which will be a useful and exciting new entry to the choral repertoire, and give a new audience to a wonderful text."

@hutchingsmusic

Hutchings Music

  www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk

Dawn Furness

Dawn Furness

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn Furness is a playwright, screenwriter, poet, Opera singer and multi-instrumentalist based in the North East of England. She is a feminist and environmental and social rights activist who has stood for parliament in 2015 and 2017 representing the Green Party. She loves jazz and dogs.

Dawn said:

"The grant will go towards studio fees covering the recording costs for the album 'State of the Nation’ which is due for release in December 2017.
'State of the Nation' is a spoken word album/book with electro-acoustic accompaniment. Influenced by spoken word performers and political stand-ups like George Carlin, Bill Hicks and the great satirist Peter Cook, it explores a political alternative address to the United Kingdom featuring climate change, the toxicity of personality politics, Brexit and Trump."

www.spokenwords.co.uk

Gary Fisher

Gary Fisher

Gary Fisher is an artist and experimental musician who's work explores sound through instinctive and investigatory responses to objects, actions, words, places and ideas. He composes and performs with various sonic and physical materials including: field recordings; found sounds such as from records and cassettes; found objects; home-made instruments and electronics and unconventional approaches to conventional instruments- exploring spaces between analogue and digital, improvised and composed, intentional and accidental. Gary has a Masters in Sound Arts from University of The Arts London where his work focussed on found objects and improvisation.

Gary said:

"I feel excited and inspired to be chosen for The Frances Chagrin award. I'm grateful for the recognition and opportunity to realise a more ambitious piece of work."

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Gary Fisher

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Jacqueline Ford