Double prize win for Birmingham Conservatoire graduates

Nicholas Stuart

Graduates from Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, are celebrating after scooping Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) awards.

Two of the five RPS Composition Prizes for 2014 were awarded to Samuel Bordoli and Nicholas Stuart, both former composition students at Birmingham Conservatoire.

The RPS Composition Prize consists of a 10 minute commission to write music for performances by London’s Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2015 Music of Today series, which Samuel and Nicholas will now be working on. Alongside this, Samuel is currently composing a new chamber opera called ‘Lethe’s Flood’, whilst Nicholas is collaborating with Lithuanian artists on a short dance film exploring contemporary interpretations of Lithuanian folklore.

Nicholas, from Corsham in Wiltshire, said: “I’m delighted to have received the 2014 RPS Composition Prize. The award gives young composers the rare and valuable opportunity to work with world class musicians.

“I’d like to thank Birmingham Conservatoire for the outstanding teaching and unwavering support I received during my time there. Undoubtedly it is to them that I owe my current success.”

Samuel Bordoli

Samuel Bordoli - Image courtesy of Bill Bankes-Jones

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