We are delighted to award British composer Paul Saggers First Prize in the O/Modernt Composition Award 2021!
His composition ‘Vulpes Vulpes’ for String Orchestra and Percussion has been acknowledged by the jury for its impact and personality. A dramatic and effective piece with filmic elements that found a distinct voice among more than 200 applicants.
The piece will be premiered at the Manchester International Festival on the 16 of July.
A Special Distinction from O/Modernt has been awarded to ‘Todo Era Vuelo En Nuestra Tierra’ by Argentinian composer Julieta Szewach, which stands out for its original musical language, orchestration, and emotional impact.
We congratulate both!
Over 200 entries this year made for a lot of listening and the top compositions were very close in terms of merit. There was however, one composition that stood out, Vulpes Vulpes. — Jill Jarman, Chair of the Jury
The winning work revealed a strong individual voice, a dramatic narrative and a sensitivity to shapes and colours that the jury all enjoyeded tremendously. — Hugo Ticciati, Founder & Artistic Director
Paul Saggers (b. 1985) was born in Cornwall. He started playing the cornet at the age of 12, more recently playing for the Camborne Town Band and the Flowers Band. At the age of 25 he decided to pursue a career in the Royal Marines Band Service and is currently based in the Plymouth Band. His interest in composition started later in life after enrolling in the BMus degree programme through the Royal Marines. His first work to be performed by a brass band, entitled The Great Storm Cat, was premiered by The Cornwall Youth Brass Band of which he was a former member. His work The Roar of the Khamsin was shortlisted for the 2017 RWCMD composer competition and was premiered by the Cory Band. In 2019, Paul became a finalist at the European Brass Band Association composition competition in which his work Ironbright was awarded 2nd place. Paul has written extensively for Wind Band and in 2019 completed an MMus in Composition through the Royal Marines in partnership with Plymouth University where he was tutored by Simon Dobson.
The title 'Vulpes Vulpes' is the binomial name for the red fox. Inspired by the brief for the O/Modert Composition Award 2021, Paul Saggers' work depicts the challenges the red fox faces in urban and rural environments.
The winning piece by composer Paul Saggers will be premiered at the Manchester International Festival on the 16 of July.
In collaboration with Manchester International Festival, Manchester Camerata, Lilla Akademien, and The Danish Youth Ensemble DUEN