BIOGRAPHY

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Grace-Evangeline Mason (b.1994) is a composer based in the UK. Since winning the 2013 BBC young composer of the year competition for her piece 'Convergence', 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 and 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.

Her music has been played by members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, NYOGB, Manchester Camerata, BBC Singers, Trio Atem and the Aurora 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. Grace's works have also been performed as part of the biennial New Music North West Festival in 2013 and 2015. In the 2017 NMNW festival, her orchestral work 'KINTSUKUROI: (Golden Repair)' was performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Mason burst onto the scene in 2013 with a piece called Convergence, an intensely wrought work for soprano, violin and cello. Now in her early 20s and still at college, Mason has a keen ear for musical texture - from dreamy hazes of electronic sound to sumptuous choral writing.”
— Andrew Dickson, BBC Proms

Grace's work 'Diamond Dust II' for clarinet and piano was broadcast live on BBC radio 3 for inclusion in their 'Young Artists Day' concert. Her piece 'Let The Rain Kiss You' was selected for performance by John Kenny in the Open Circuit Festival 2016. In addition, she was recently awarded the 'Rosamond Prize' 2016 for her collaborative work 'Samson' with the Manchester Writing School.

Recent commissions include a chamber opera in one act entitled 'The Yellow Wallpaper', based on the short story of the same name by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, for performance at ENO Lilian Baylis House, London, by the Helios Collective, and a work for female voices and ensemble, 'Per Aspera Ad Astra', for the Girls Day School Trust biennial Young Musician and Vocalist of the Year Competition Final, which was conducted by the composer in St John's Smith Square, London. Her work 'Amongst The Cinders' for soprano saxophone and piano was commissioned by Gillian Blair for performance at EurSax 2017 in Porto.

 

 

Grace currently studies composition with Dr. Emily Howard and Professor Gary Carpenter at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where she holds a scholarship. In 2014, she was a composer in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain under tutors, Anna Meredith and Larry Goves.

Grace won the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's Christopher Brooks Prize 2017.

She is a composer on the Panufnik Scheme 2017 writing a work for the London Symphony Orchestra.