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Harrison Birtwistle picks up fifth Royal Philharmonic Society award

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May 13, 2014 | 6:11pm EDT

Harrison Birtwistle has become the British Royal Philharmonic Society's most successful composer after picking up his fifth major award from the classical music organisation on Tuesday (13May14). The 80-year-old maestro took home the prize for Best Small Chamber Composition for his choral chamber work The Moth Requiem. Other winners included fellow British composer George Benjamin (Best Large-scale Composition for opera Written on Skin), conductor Daniel Barenboim, American soprano Joyce DiDonato and Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

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