Posted on 17 December 2014
Kerry's Woodwose: A community chamber opera was commissioned by the Wigmore Hall for the Britten centenary and was performed by 140 diverse members of the Westminster community aged from 8 to over 80 alongside tenor Andrew Kennedy and Wigmore Hall Learning’s resident ensemble Ignite. It centres on the mysterious character Woodwose – Wigmore Hall’s very own wild man of the woods and was inspired by Britten’s well-known love of folk song.
The chamber opera Dart’s Love was commissioned by Tête à Tête and the initial inspiration came from Andrew’s love of wild swimming. The story, with libretto by Tamsin Collison, is inspired by the legend of the River Dart and floods in the South West in 2012/13.
Full details of all the 2014 BASCAs can be found at http://basca.org.uk/2014/12/02/british-composer-awards-the-winners/