• Miles Hedley


Trinity Laban’s prestigious Daryl Runswick competition for composition has been won by Harry Weir after the six finalists were judged online for the first time ever because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Harry was award the prize by Dr Lauren Redhead of Goldsmiths for his work Chromatic Aberration which, like the entries by fellow contestants Assyl Almakhanova, Christopher Charlton, Mathieu Robert, Jan Stevuliak and Anders Waller, made use of the ever-fascinating and otherworldly sounds of the theremin.

The entries were previewed on TL’s YouTube channel with excerpts performed by an ensemble featuring theremin virtuoso Lydia Kavina.

Dominic Murcott, TL’s head of composition, said: “All six pieces were of an incredible standard – a testament to the creativity and flair within the composition department.”

You can see the judging at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ8lGtYfBPY

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