Named as the 'Face to Watch' for classical music in The Times 2020 Calendar of the Arts, Grace-Evangeline Mason is a composer based in the UK.
She has been described as ‘a supreme painter in sound’ by Seen and Heard International, and as having a ‘keen ear for musical texture - from dreamy hazes of electronic sound to sumptuous choral writing’ by the BBC. Mason creates ethereal sound-worlds often inspired by art, poetry, and literature to take a listener on a narrative journey.
She has worked with ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Aurora Orchestra, in venues across the UK and internationally, including European countries, USA, Canada, Japan and South Africa.
Her music has been performed at festivals such as the Cheltenham Music Festival, Southbank SoundState Festival, LFCCM, and the 2017 BBC Proms, amongst others. Her orchestral work ‘The Imagined Forest’, described by The Times as ‘drawn with pen-and-ink precision and filled with vivid orchestral colour’, was co-commissioned to mark the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall premiered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2021 BBC Proms.
Mason is the recipient of awards including BBC Young Composer of the Year (2013), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Christopher Brooks Prize (2017), and the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize (2018). She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she has since been made an Associate, and at the University of Oxford. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Grace-Evangeline Mason's music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.