David Bruce’s Nothing shortlisted at British Composer Awards

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David Bruce’s youth opera Nothing, which had its world premiere at Glyndebourne in February 2016, has been shortlisted in the Stage Works category of the 2016 British Composer Awards.

Co-commissioned and co-produced by Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, Nothing is an adaptation of Janne Teller’s book for young adults and features a libretto by Glyn Maxwell.

It tells the haunting story of a group of teenagers trying to convince their classmate that life has meaning. Things quickly escalate as the children go to ever more extreme lengths to try to persuade their friend that there are things worth caring about.

43 members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera performed in the premiere alongside five professional singers. Talented young instrumentalists played alongside the Southbank Sinfonia in the orchestra pit.

The five-star production, directed by Bijan Sheibani and designed by Giles Cadle, was the first event to take place in the 30th anniversary year of Glyndebourne’s education department.

Nothing is one of three operas shortlisted in the Stage Works category. It will compete against Tansy Davies’s Between Worlds and The Cure by Harrison Birtwistle.

British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music, in association with BBC Radio 3.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 6 December at a special event at the BFI Southbank in London.