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Success for Bertram

Tuesday 4 November 2014


RCM composer Bertram Wee has been announced as the winner of the 5th British Composer Awards Student Competition.

The British Composer Awards, presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and sponsored by PRS for Music, selected Bertram’s work Sonicalia for tenor trombone and tuba as this year’s winning entry.

The piece will be performed by Amos Miller and David Gordon Shute from Onyx Brass at the award ceremony at London’s Goldsmiths' Hall on Tuesday 2 December, and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme at 10.00pm on Saturday 6 December.

Bertram is a Singaporean composer and pianist, currently studying with composer Kenneth Hesketh as an RCM Scholar supported by a Douglas & Hilda Simmonds Award. He recently had his work for two snare drums premiered at the RCM by world-renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie in an intercontinental broadband videoconference education event 'ConneXXions 2014'.

BASCA exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers of all genres of music and to celebrate and encourage excellence in British music writing. It is home to the Ivor Novello Awards, the British Composer Awards & Gold Badge Awards.