Northumberland composer wins award

Wooler composer John Casken has won a new prize for composition awarded by the Royal Musical Association.

Tuesday, 18th January 2022, 4:00 pm
Wooler composer John Casken. Picture: Sarah Jamieson

He wins the inaugural 2020 Tippett Medal for The Shackled King, a drama for bass, mezzo-soprano and ensemble based on Shakespeare’s King Lear

John said: “To receive the 2020 Tippett Medal is a huge honour. Tippett was a giant composer of our time and to have his name now linked to my work The Shackled

King means so much to me.

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"Writing for Sir John Tomlinson as the King was a great privilege, and working with him, Rozanna Madylus (Cordelia), and the ensemble Counterpoise was truly inspirational.

"To them, and to Barry Millington who commissioned the work, I shall be ever grateful, as I am to the organisers and jury of the Tippett Medal.”

John has been artistic director of the Alwinton Summer Concerts (now @ Wooler Arts) for many years. He is musical director of the Coquetdale Chamber Choir and regular organist at St Mary’s Church, Wooler.

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