Professor Emeritus James Dillon Wins Fifth Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award
James Dillon (professor emeritus, composition) recently won his fifth Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Award for Chamber-Scale Composition for his piece Tanz/haus : triptych 2017 for chamber ensemble (2017, Edition Peters). This award makes Dillon one of the most decorated musicians in RPS Music Awards history. Dillon’s Tanz/haus : triptych 2017 was premiered by the Red Note Ensemble at the 2017 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. It will receive its Scottish premiere at soundfestival 2018 in October.
RPS judges commented on Dillon's award-winning work: “Once again this composer breaks new ground with a work which immerses its audience in a music theatre of the mind. It is compelling for the sureness of its unfolding in time and space; the striking sound worlds conjured from its nine-piece ensemble and its rich underlying vein of melancholy.”