The Oram Awards 2018 Winners announced on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
- Second annual award presentation to recognise talented female music creators innovating in music, sound and related technologies
- Awards ceremony to take place on Friday 20th July at Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank Telescope in Cheshire, hosted by Elizabeth Alker, awards presented by Ana Matronic
- 5 winners will each receive an £800 PRS Foundation talent development bursary
The Oram Awards 2018 is the second annual event celebrating innovation in music, sound and related technologies by the next generation of forward thinking women – an initiative by PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, in partnership with The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Last evening (Tuesday 17th July) BBC Radio 3 Late Junction, hosted by Max Reinhardt announced the winners live on air:
AJA – a practising producer and performer with over 10 years experience working across many different genres, exploring avant garde processes and pushing sonic and physical boundaries.
Georgia Rodgers – a composer of music for instruments and electronics for over eight years, starting at the University of Edinburgh during her studies in physics and music.
Hannah Catherine Jones / Foxy Moron – a trained performer for the piano, violin, viola, percussion and voice. Performing in various orchestral ensembles, choirs and as a soloist, Hannah also composes music using the theremin.
Francine Perry – a freelance producer and sound engineer and the studio manager at Dalston Studios. She has worked on a number of compositions, scores, collaborations, and live sets – both as the solo project La Leif, and her main collaboration, Orka.
Loraine James – a music creator who started making music at the age of 11 with her Casio keyboard. After leaving secondary school Loraine learned about DAWs and midi equipment and has been making electronic music ever since.
The Oram Awards sees each of the 5 winners receiving talent development bursaries of £800 from PRS Foundation.
The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 20th July at the Jodrell Bank Telescope as part of Bluedot Festival. It will be held between 1pm – 2pm on the Contact Stage, hosted by BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6Music’s Elizabeth Alker with the awards being presented by American singer Ana Matronic.
Named after Daphne Oram, one of the founding members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the awards hope to build on her legacy. Daphne worked at the workshop with others including Delia Derbyshire, Glynis Jones, Jenyth Worsley, Maddalena Fagandini and Elizabeth Parker, creating music for the distant future, the distant past and inside the mind. She played a vital role in establishing women at the forefront of innovation, in newly emerging audio technologies, in the UK and around the world. Fast forward to 2018 and whilst there are many women innovating in music and sound, their work and their voices often struggle to be heard and we’re missing the opportunity to celebrate role models for the next generation.
The Oram Awards are targeted at the next generation of innovative women and girls in music and sound rather than established names. The recipients of the award in 2017 were Ewa Justka, Klein, Claire M Singer, Elvin Brandhi, Kathy Hinde, Mary Stark, Sally Golding and Shelly Knots. The presentation ceremony took place at the Turner Contemporary, Margate. Klein has gone on to critical acclaim in the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader and The Wire, and Ewa’s talent creating innovative electronic instruments has been featured in Resident Advisor and Electronic Beats amongst others. More info on last years winners can be found on the site here: www.oramawards.com
Ana Matronic, Host of BBC Radio 2’s Dance Devotion, says “Standing at the intersection of visual art, music, production and broadcast technology is the great Daphne Oram. There is no figure more fitting to invoke while honouring the work of emerging female artists and engineers, and it’s a true honour to be a part of the second Oram Awards. May her genius live through the work of these incredible women – congratulations to all the recipients!”
Matthew Herbert, Director of The New Radiophonic Workshop, says “As expected, we were thrilled last year with the inaugural awards. It introduced us to a wide variety of brilliant work from women around the country whose work many of us hadn’t been exposed to. One of last years winners had the opportunity to contribute to work I did on the Doctor Who global animated ident. Our challenge now is to help support the wider community of women in this field throughout the rest of the year and not just at awards time.’’
Vanessa Reed, Chief Executive of PRS Foundation says, “We’re delighted to be celebrating the second Oram Awards at Bluedot Festival this year with Matthew Herbert and the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop. There are many talented and exciting female music and sound innovators in the UK and the Oram Awards is a brilliant way of recognising and supporting their work and promoting role models for the next generation.
Listen back to the announcement on BBC Radio 3 here> https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/b0b9z155