Rebecca Saunders’ spatialised work for 19 soloists and conductor, Yes, has won this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society award in the Large-Scale Composition category which also included Anna Meredith’s Five Telegrams, George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence, and Per Nørgård’s Symphony No. 3. The RPS Awards recognises works receiving their first performance in the United Kingdom.
Premiered at the Berliner Festspiele with soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Musikfabrik and conductor Enno Poppe, Yes has since had numerous performances with Juliet Fraser in the solo role, including for the UK premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018 in the space of Huddersfield Town Hall.
Yes has spawned smaller pieces since, with individual modules being reworked to serve as standalone pieces including Flesh for solo accordion and O Yes & I for soprano and bass flute.
Clara Iannotta’s dead wasps in the jam jar (iii) was shortlisted in the Chamber-Scale Composition category. The piece for string quartet and sine wave generator received its UK premiere at hcmf// with the Arditti Quartet.