Not long ago I attended the NZSO/TODD Young Composers Awards. Ten composers aged between 13 and 23 years old gathered for two days in Wellington to hear their five minute compositions rehearsed and recorded by the NZSO. Hamish McKeich, the conductor did a fantastic job getting through all our pieces on time. We had mentoring by Lyell Cresswell who was really supportive and helpful. There were also some ‘extras’ – a tuba demonstration, tour of the NZSO music library and a talk by Claire Cowan about the NYO Composer-in-Residence scheme. My piece, La Sagrada Familia was on last. This was a little scary as it was just before the awards presentation and a number of important people were there. Anyway, Karlo Margetic and I were announced joint winners. We were then whisked off up to Radio New Zealand to do an interview for Concert FM. It will appear on Upbeat! soon – I’ll post with a date later.