Composer (new entry)
A youthful prodigy, Benjamin has always retained his boyish enthusiasm, but didn’t really hit his stride until he was able to develop a musical language of his own. Now he is turning out masterpieces such as the recent operas Written on Skin and Into the Little Hill with impressive facility.(new entry)
In his 70th birthday year, David Matthews, the elder of two composer brothers, seems more fertile than ever, continually adding to a tally of symphonies, concertos and string quartets, plus a range of often nature-inspired works, including A Vision of the Sea for this year’s Proms.
A popular composer and England’s first ever National Ambassador for Singing, his six-part Story of Music for BBC, with accompanying book, set out to demystify the power of music from prehistoric times to the present.