Northampton man becomes the youngest music composer

Image caption Steven Daverson is the youngest prize-winner in the foundations history

A Northamptonshire man has become the youngest person to win a European award for composers.

Steven Daverson, 26, from Kingsthorpe, won 40,000 euros (£35,000) as part of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation Composers' award.

Mr Daverson won the award for his composition Elusive Tangibility III: Clandestine Haze.

The award will be presented at a show in Munich, where his composition will be performed, on 24 May.

"It is great to be recognised for the work you do and even better when you hear others performing it," said Mr Daverson.

"It makes it feel that bit more worthwhile."

The board of trustees at the music foundation said it believed Mr Daverson was one of the most important up-and-coming young composers.

The trustees said: "In his works, Mr Daverson creates exceptional sound and is the youngest prize-winner in the history of the foundation."

This awards have been running for 39 years and are one of the largest contemporary music awards in Europe.

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