Solace has been nominated for a British Composers Award 2018.

It is a record-breaking year for entries, 2018 saw over 560 submissions, demonstrating the volume of quality new music being composed and debuted in the UK.

The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music. The event is in association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage. Read more about the awards.

How was Solace created? During 2017, New Note Orchestra collaborated with artistic director Conall Gleeson to create a unique 30 minute score titled ‘Solace’. Alongside this new score, Angus Cameron a Lewes based film director, created an evocative film using archive from Screen South East. He weaved the archive with powerful thoughts and reflections from the orchestra members about how they find solace. The orchestra provided a live soundtrack to the film.

The full film

Watch the full film here or we’ve produced some clips below.

Running time 34:27

Clip 1

This is a clip of the film where the orchestra members talk about being in the grips of their addictions. In the first half of this clip they discuss their individual stories. The second half of this clip is their musical interpretation of how addiction took over their lives. The music is set to archive of fun fairs from the mid 1960’s.

Running time 6:29

Clip 2

In this second clip of the film Solace, the New Note Orchestra members talk about how Brighton has been a refuge to them in their recovery. Their voices are over footage shot of Brighton during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Running time 4:33

Clip 3

In this clip the New Note Orchestra members talk about how music has played a vital role in their recovery. The music is played over archive of Brighton beach that were shot during the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Running time 4:21