Musical magic brings award to Sheffield composer

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SHEFFIELD composer Paul Rissman has won a top award for a piece written for children which has now been enjoyed by 4,000 youngsters all over the country.

Paul, children’s composer in residence with the city-based Music in the Round, was honoured at the British Composer Awards for The Chimpanzees of Happytown, premiered at the Crucible Theatre last year.

Paul, once described as ‘The Jamie Oliver of music animateurs’, has not been resting on his laurels.

Last Saturday an audience of 1,000 at the Octagon was enraptured by his latest work, Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants, performed by narrator Polly Ives with the musicians of Ensemble 360, Music in the Round’s resident chamber group. Both works combined stories by children’s author Giles Andreae with music, narration and much enthusiastic participation from young children – Sir Scallywag has a six-year-old hero who saves the royal underpants from an invading giant.

The awards are supported by BBC Radio 3.