British talent in full bloom

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Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Bogeyman of anti-modernists, the 62-year-old Accrington-born composer is now a household name, thanks to his opera, The Second Mrs Kong, and the ear-splitting Panic at last year's Proms.

John Tavener

Former Beatles protege Tavener made his Proms comeback in 1989 with The Protecting Veil. His works clear a path through the impenetrability of modern music.

Mark-Anthony Turnage

Self-styled Essex boy and artistic director of the English National Opera Studio, Turnage is working on a new operatic version of Sean O'Casey's The Silver Tassie.

Gavin Bryars

Part-time pataphysician Bryars' Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet was a chart hit. Dr Ox's Experiment will appear at ENO next year.

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