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01 November 2013

Edison Fellow Raymond Yiu is short listed for 2013 British Composer Awards


Current Edison Fellow Raymond Yiu has been shortlisted for the British Composer Awards 2013. His work The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured was selected for the orchestral catagory.  The title comes from a pamphlet held at the British Library issued by an 18th-century Londoner outraged at his cruel treatment, and the work received its first performance at the Barbican in January 2013.

Born in Hong Kong, Yiu came to London in 1990.  Two years of A-levels at Kent College, Canterbury, were followed by a four-year degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College, London.  Yiu said, 'It was during my time at Imperial College that I toyed with the idea of composing; for four years I listened to music with scores borrowed from the Imperial College Library. I learned to write down the ideas I had in my head, but I did not hear any of my music being performed until 1999.'  More on Yiu's career can be read on his Wikipedia page

With an interest in many aspects of music, Yiu's topic for his Edison Fellowship research is the Australian pianist Noel Mewton-Wood who died at the age of thiry-one.

The 11th British Composer Awards will be held on 3 December at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 7 December.




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