In a major scoop for Faber, all three nominations for the Classical category of the prestigious 2008 South Bank Show Awards are for events featuring Faber Music composers.
Anderson is nominated for his Alleluia for chorus and orchestra, which re-opened the Royal Festival Hall on 11 June 2007, following it multi-million pound refurbishment. The performance was by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus under Vladimir Jurowski.
Also, nominated is the Barbican Centre’s Thomas Adès retrospective: “Traced Overhead: The Musical World of Thomas Ades”. The focus ran throughout March and April 2007 and included the UK premiere of Adès’s most recent orchestral work, Tevot commissioned and performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle.
Finally, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is nominated for their concert conducted by Oliver Knussen at the 2007 BBC Proms (29 August), which included performances of Knussen’s own Requiem (recent winner at the British Composer Awards) and Ophelia Dances Book 1, together with Julian Anderson’s Book of Hours.
The South Bank Show Awards ceremony is the only one in the world to honour artists and performers from across the arts, with the 33 nominees spanning film, TV, music, theatre, literature, opera, dance and the visual arts.
“It’s an extraordinary roll call in achievement across the spectrum in the arts,” said host Melvyn Bragg of this year’s nominations. “Whatever else is happening, the arts in this country are still at full throttle.”
The awards take place at London’s Dorchester Hotel on 29th January 2008, and will be broadcast on ITV1 on Sunday 3rd February.
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