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View galleries, winners and nominees of British Composer Awards from 2003 to 2018 and Ivor Novello Awards at The Ivors Composer Awards since 2019.
Academy Fellowship recipient Judith Weir
Chamber Ensemble winner Brett Dean
Choral winner Joanna Marsh
Presenters Hannah Peel and Tom Service
Community and Participation winner Liz Dilnot-Johnson
Innovation Award recipient Talvin Singh with presenters Orphy Robinson and Naomi Pohl
Jazz Ensemble Winner Tori Freestone with presenter Cassie Kinoshi
Large Chamber winner Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Outstanding Works Collection recipient George Benjamin with presenters Nicholas Kenyon & Richard King
Small Chamber Winner Laurence Crane with presenter Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Sound Art winner Hannah Conway with presenter Philip Venables
The Ivors Academy awarded Judith Weir with Academy Fellowship to recognise her excellence and impact in the art and craft of music creation. Weir’s unparalleled musical output saw her become the first female Master of the Queen’s Music in 2014. The Academy stated that “her music reaches out to the listener with a distinctive and persuasive voice” and highlighted her “ability to tell compelling, impactful stories and distil musical and dramatic ideas to their essences”.
Judith Weir won a British Composer Award in 2003 – the first year of the awards – and has since won a further British Composer Award and an Ivor Novello Award.
composed by Joanna Marsh
for upper voice choir and piano
Virtuoso tabla player, percussionist, producer and composer Talvin Singh collected the Ivor Novello Award for Innovation, presented in association with the Musicians’ Union. The Ivors Academy considers him to be “a major creative and cultural influence, an innovator in every sense of the word, who continues to leave a unique footprint on our musical landscape.”
An instrumental figure in one of the most exciting movements in the history of British music – the Asian Underground’s distinctive mix of Western and Indian beats influenced musicians, to say nothing of raising the visibility of British-Indian artists. He has refused to be defined by genre, constantly innovating in his creative partnerships, which are extensive. From flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and sitar player Niladri Kumar to the American Free Jazz composer Sun Ra and members of the UK Big Band Jazz Warriors to projects with David Sylvian, Madonna and Richard Ashcroft.
composed by Julian Anderson
for cello and orchestra
for more information and to purchase the score visit Schott Music
George Benjamin received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection, presented with the Music Publishers Association. Recognising the artistry and legacy of his compositional output, The Ivors Academy said the “consistent beauty, complexity and colour of his compositions is outstanding.”
From his first BBC Proms premiere at the age of 20, Benjamin went on to receive commissions from all over the world. His opera Written On Skin – which won the Academy’s Stage Works Award in 2013 – would cement Benjamin’s position as one of the most important voices in contemporary music. Performed by over 20 international opera houses, it is a masterpiece in operatic composition, and has become one of the most acclaimed works of the twenty-first century.
composed by Laurence Crane
for soprano and piano / sampler keyboard
commissioned by Juliet Fraser, with the support of Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Music Creators and the RVW Trust, and co-commission partners Oxford Lieder and Musica Sacra Maastricht
listen to an excerpt on SoundCloud
by Una Lee
An audio composition for voice and electronics that explores speech, homophonic translation and musicalisation.
Down Gone forms a part of the broader project ‘FERVĒRE’, a research-led, bi-lingual body of work consisting of multi-format pieces: sound composition/performance, live reading performance, visual poem, video & textual installations, and text publication. The project addresses the rarely recognised entanglement of racism and sexism on East Asian female body within the Western culture, going back across the recent history, with real-life incidents as references such as Atlanta Spa Shooting and murder of Korean-American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.
listen to an extract on SoundCloud
by Kathy Hinde
A sound installation comprising twelve adapted turntables playing vinyl pressings of a twelve-voice 15th century choral mass, reconfigured in response to seismic data.
The installation is centred around the twelve vocal parts of Antoine Brumel’s Agnus Dei recorded individually by a Mexican choir, cut to vinyl and played on adapted turntables. Seismic data from the earthquake that shook Mexico on 19th September 2017 shapes the behaviour of the turntables.
by Ed Carter
site-specific, sculptural sound installation and live performance involving electronically controlled fans, copper wind chimes and brass band
commissioned and produced by BEAM for the Wentworth & Elsecar Great Place Project
The Mute Still Air is an evolving piece that reflects on the significance of social responsibility within a brutal commercial industry, taking inspiration from the cultural impact of Benjamin Biram’s pioneering engineering work in the mines of South Yorkshire.
watch on Vimeo
commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Music and Artistic Director, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation for the Royal Ballet, Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, with the generous support of the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund. Part 1, Inferno, was co-commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, for concert performances
For more information and to purchase the score visit Faber Music
composed by Edward Jessen
operatic sonic theatre work for soloists, chorus, chamber orchestra and auxiliary audio
commissioned by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in partnership with Decipherer Arts Projects, and with funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, PRS for Music Foundation Open Fund for Music Creators, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and from the The Gemma Classical Music Trust
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