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Radio 3 award for Radiohead star
Jonny Greenwood
Greenwood is one of the founding members of Radiohead
A classical piece by Radiohead musician Jonny Greenwood has been voted as the orchestral commission of the year by listeners of BBC Radio 3.

Popcorn Superhet Receiver, named after a type of radio, won the only one of the 12 categories at the British Composers Awards chosen by the public.

Greenwood received 10,000, to be put towards another composition.

Other winners included Simon Holt, who took the best orchestral piece and Hugh Wood, who won the prize for vocal work.

The Making Music Award, which aims to promote the commissioning and performance of contemporary music by amateurs, went to Chris Long.

His work for choir and orchestra - O Lord, Remember - was performed by the City of Birmingham Choir.

BRITISH COMPOSER AWARDS
Chamber: Gary Carpenter
Choral: Judith Bingham
Community or education: Jonathan Dove
Instrumental solo and duo: Patrick Nunn
Listeners' Award: Jonny Greenwood
Liturgical: Gregory Rose
Making Music Award: Chris Long
New media: Robert Jarvis
Orchestral: Simon Holt
Stage works: Brian Irvine
Vocal: Hugh Wood
Wind or brass band: Andy Scott

And Jonathan Dove's On Spital Fields, a cantata written for more than 200 amateur musicians, was presented with the award for a community or education project, earning him 5,000 towards another piece.

Works premiered in the UK between April 2005 and March 2006 were eligible for the 12 categories.

In the Listeners' Award, Michael Berkeley, Gary Carpenter and Jonathan Harvey featured among the nominees, alongside Morgan Hayes, Simon Holt and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

But the three to be shortlisted were a viola concerto by Andrew Toovey and Fraser Trainer's violin concerto, as well as the piece by Greenwood.

Greenwood, who is one of the founding members of Radiohead and whose brother Colin is also in the band, was named the BBC's composer in residence in 2004.

"There could not be a more exciting time for contemporary composition," said Sarah Rodgers, the chair of the awards.

"Composers are producing truly enthralling work with a freedom and confidence not sen for many a decade."


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