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4th December, 2017

Guildhall School Professor of Composition awarded one of UK’s largest awards for composers.

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Congratulations to Laurence Crane, Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School, who has been awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2017.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists are the largest awards made to individual visual artists and composers in the UK, providing recipients with significant support and the time and freedom to develop their creative ideas. This year, the number of awards for composers has risen from three to five.

A Professor of Composition at the School, Crane often incorporates electronic instruments into classical works and uses commonplace musical objects in new structural and formal relationships.

The awards were announced at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation offices, with guest speaker Jarvis Cocker and over 200 guests from across the arts sector and beyond in attendance.

Laurence Crane said: “I would like to thank the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for this award, which will undoubtedly make a huge difference to my life and work over the next three years. It will enable me to realise some larger projects, which might otherwise have been impossible to achieve. It is a great honour to have been selected for a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers and I feel more than a little overwhelmed to have been chosen to receive one!”

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