The Composers’ Fund: David Sawer
David Sawer studied music at the University of York and subsequently won a DAAD scholarship to study in Cologne with Mauricio Kagel. He received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 1993 and the Arts Foundation’s Composer Fellowship in 1995. Major orchestral scores include Byrnan Wood, the greatest happiness principle and Flesh and Blood and he has also written several choral and chamber works as well as music for the theatre and for radio. Sawer’s first full-length opera From Morning to Midnight was commissioned by English National Opera, for which he received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
PRS Foundation support will help towards the costs of recording and producing a new CD on the NMC label of three large-scale ensemble works, performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; all the works relate to dance and comprise a concert suite taken from Rumpelstiltskin, a full-length stage work which BCMG originally toured to the Huddersfield & Spitalfields Festivals, Cat’s-eye, an early chamber work that was subsequently choreographed by Ballet Rambert, and April\March, commissioned by the RPS Drummond Fund as a ballet score, and first performed in concert version at the 2016 BBC Proms. The release of the album is aimed to coincide with the work’s dance premiere by the Royal Ballet in 2019.