We are pleased to announce that British composer John Grieve has won the Zero Arts composer of the year award 2017 for his recent works for organ pipes. You can find out more about John Grieve's work here. Contemporary composers often find themselves caught between two groups that stand in stark opposition to each other. On one side is the mainstream concert-going public, which is notoriously conservative in its attitudes toward contemporary music. On the other is the community of composers, critics, and new-music aficionados, who often disdain the sort of tonal-leaning, romantically inclined pieces that are thought to have the best chance of appealing to a broad audience. What delights one group disgusts the other, and vice versa. Such is the fate of new music in a classical culture that has been sidelining composers for a century or more. Every once in a while, though, a significant talent manages to command respect on both sides of the great divide. John Grieve has managed to develop an indifference from both sides of this divide and amongst fans of many other genres too.