Posted: 18 July 2008
The 2008 Alan Bush Composition Prize was very well supported this year with seven entrants, four of which were mentioned by the adjudicator, Huw Watkins (pianist and composer). Watkins wrote that 'the standard overall was high' and 'it was a pleasure to look at seven new works from Royal Academy of Music students which showed so much variety and so much originality in handling the medium'
The winner, Patrick Nunn, a doctoral student at the Royal Academy of Music, won first prize with his composition, Transilient Fragments, which grew from a series of tiny sketches and drafts that he had borrowed from another recent work for piano entitled Music of the Spheres. Huw Watkins described the piece as being distinctive 'for its idiomatic writing, its handling of the combination of violin and piano and its fresh harmonic language'.
Other contestants were Alexander Campkin, Very Highly Commended, with his Noontides, Mihyun Woo, Highly Commended and Thomas Oehler, Commended, with his Pride for Bb trumpet and piano.