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The Ivors Classical Awards sponsored by PRS for Music and in association with BBC Radio 3
The Ivors Classical Awards

The UK's foremost celebration of creative excellence in contemporary classical music and sound art.

Celebrating the best new works by British, Irish or UK resident composers writing for classical and sound art.

The Ivors Classical Awards are when Ivor Novello Awards are bestowed to celebrate creative excellence in British and Irish composing for classical and sound art.

Across the last twenty years they have recognised the achievements of some the UK’s most talented composers including Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Tansy Davies, Jonny Greenwood, Anna Meredith, Sir John Tavener, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Errollyn Wallen, Roderick Williams and many more.

Entries are open now

Works can be entered across eight award categories celebrating chamber, choral and orchestral compositions, stage works, community and participation projects and sound art.

The categories for The Ivors Classical Awards are:

Best Small Chamber Composition
Best Chamber Ensemble Composition
Best Large Ensemble Composition
Best Orchestral Composition
Best Choral Composition
Best Community and Participation Composition in association with ABRSM
Best Stage Work
Best Sound Art

How to enter

To be eligible, composers and sound artists must be British, Irish or UK resident.

Classical compositions must have received their first UK public performance, and works of sound art their first UK public presentation, between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024. This includes live concerts, live-streamed concerts, broadcasts and appearance on a commercial recording if the music was accessible to members of the public in the UK for the first time.

Take a look at the Rules and Guidelines for the full entry requirements.

Ivors Academy members can enter works with waived or discounted administration fees.

Professional tier members can enter up to two works for The Ivors Classical Awards with no fee, and a third work with a 50% discount at £10 + VAT. Standard members can enter one work for free and two further works with a 25% discount at £15 per work. If a composer is not a member, the fee is £20 per work.

Join The Ivors Academy as a member.  

Submit an entry via our Awards Entry Site by 5pm, 8th July 2024. 

The Ivors Classical Awards are sponsored by PRS for Music and will take place on Tuesday 12th November at the BFI Southbank in London. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the ceremony in a special edition of the New Music Show, which will also be available on BBC Sounds.


Tuesday 28th May, Entries open

Monday 8th July, Entries close

Thursday 15th October, Nominations announced

Tuesday 12th November, The Ivors Classical Awards, BFI Southbank, London

2024 Awards Ceremony

The Ivors Classical Awards take place at the BFI Southbank in London on Tuesday 12 November 2024.

  • Date
  • Time
    18:30 - 22:30
  • Address
    BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT


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