Grace-Evangeline Mason (b.1994) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, electronic and operatic music based in the UK. Described as having a ‘keen ear for musical texture - from dreamy hazes of electronic sound to sumptuous choral writing’ [BBC], Mason creates ethereal sound-worlds often inspired by art, poetry and literature to take a listener on a narrative journey. Her music has been performed as part of the BBC Proms, broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and at venues both across the UK and internationally.
Her work 'RIVER', described as 'highly charged [with] pungent harmonies rippling downwards, fierce accents, and the odd detuned chord' [The Times], was co-commissioned by BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row' Programme and the BBC Proms to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Handel's 'Water Music.' 'RIVER' was premiered by London Early Opera on a boat on the River Thames followed by three performances at the 2017 BBC Proms by the Royal Northern Sinfonia under Nicholas McGegan, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
She has worked with ensembles and artists including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Manchester Camerata, BBC Singers, Ensemble 10/10, Trio Atem, the Aurora Orchestra and San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Tate Britain, The Sage, BBC Maida Vale Studios, Liverpool Victoria Gallery and Museum and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Mason's works have also been performed as part of the biennial New Music North West Festival 2013, 2015 and 2017, the latter of which her orchestral work 'KINTSUKUROI: (Golden Repair)' was performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2017, Mason wrote a work for the London Symphony Orchestra as part of their Panufnik Composer’s Scheme and was subsequently commissioned to write her work ‘Fafaia’ for the LSO Community Choir. She is the recipient of awards including the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composer of the Year (2013) for her piece ‘Convergence’, the Rosamond Prize (2016), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's Christopher Brooks Prize (2017), the prestigious RPS Composition Prize (2018) and was Very Highly Commended in the UK’s Inter-Collegiate Theodore Holland Composition Prize (2018).
Mason's work 'Diamond Dust II' for clarinet and piano was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 for inclusion in their 2015 'Young Artists Day' concert. Her pieces have been included in festivals such as the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2017, in which the Sarum Consort performed her work 'The Lord Is', and the Open Circuit Festival 2016, in which John Kenny selected to perform her work 'Let The Rain Kiss You' for solo trombone and electronics. Her chamber opera in one act entitled 'The Yellow Wallpaper', described as having a ‘strong theatrical flair’ [Brian Dickie], was based on the short story of the same name by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and commissioned by the Helios Collective for performance at ENO Lilian Baylis House, London, in 2016. Her work 'Per Aspera Ad Astra', for female voices and large ensemble was commissioned for the GDST biennial Young Musician and Vocalist of the Year Competition Final, which Mason conducted in St John's Smith Square, London. In addition, Gillian Blair commissioned her work ‘Amongst The Cinders’ for soprano saxophone and piano for performance at EurSax 2017, Porto.
Recent commissions include a chamber work for the 2019 Cheltenham Music Festival by the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS), a work for Ensemble 10/10’s 21st Birthday Concert and a work for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Wilfred Owen Festival 2018 to mark the First World War centenary.
Mason studied Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where she held a scholarship. She currently studies at the University of Oxford generously funded by the AHRC.