Christine Tobin wins BASCA jazz award

Irish singer-songwriter Christine Tobin has won a composer award for her album Sailing to Byzantium

Christine TobinJazz singer and composer Christine Tobin has been honoured by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) this week with an award for best contemporary jazz composition in the 2012 British Composer Awards.

She received the award for her latest album, Sailing To Byzantium, which combines jazz compositions with the poetry of W.B. Yeats. Words from poems such as When You Are Old and Long-Legged Fly are combined with jazz music as well as flavours of folk and classical.

Dublin-born Christine Tobin has been singing and writing since the 1980s, and in 2008 was awarded Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards.

The BASCA British Composer Awards, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, also honoured 12 other contemporary composers in categories ranging from choral to brass band.

Sarah Rodgers, Chairman of BASCA, said, "This has been a great year for British composers and BASCA is immensely proud to celebrate their success at the British Composer Awards."

The 2012 Composer Awards will feature on the BBC Radio 3 Sunday Concert this Sunday 9 December from 2pm.

Visit to find out more about the awards.

Sally Evans-Darby

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