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The Ivors Composer Awards

The Ivors Composer Awards is the UK's foremost celebration of creative excellence in contemporary classical, jazz and sound arts.

2022 Winners Announced

Celebrating the best new works by composers writing for classical, jazz and sound art in the UK

The winners of 20th edition of The Ivors Composer Awards were announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 15 November at the British Museum in London.

Each winner received an Ivor Novello Award. Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, an Ivor represents peer recognition as they are judged by fellow composers and music creators.

The nominations were announced on 18 October across nine categories. 46% of the composers in the running for an Ivor Novello Award this year are first-time nominees.

In addition to the nine categories, three composers were recognised for their sustained contributions to music. Sir George Benjamin received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection, presented in association with the Music Publishers Association. Judith Weir was honoured with Fellowship of The Ivors Academy and Talvin Singh received the Ivor Novello Award for Innovation, presented in association with the Musicians’ Union.

Sponsored by PRS for Music, the awards ceremony was in association with BBC Radio 3 who will broadcast an exclusive edition of the New Music Show dedicated to the awards on Saturday 19 November from 10pm.

2022 Awards Ceremony

The Ivors Composer Awards returned to the British Museum, London on Tuesday 15 November 2022. We welcomed over 300 guests from across the classical, jazz and sound art community for an evening of celebration with the live awards ceremony introduced by BBC Radio 3 presenters Hannah Peel and Tom Service.

  • Date
  • Time
    18:15 - 22:30
  • Address
    British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

2022 Winners

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Recipient

JUDITH WEIR

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.

Listen to Judith Weir’s music on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Nominee

AESOP 2

composed by Robin Haigh
for untrained recorder soloist, 13 players and electronics
6½ mins
commissioned by Orchester im Treppenhaus

watch the Orchester im Treppenhaus and Robin Haigh conducted by Thomas Posth perform the work as part of Composer Slam European Championships on YouTube
to view the score click here

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ESSENTIAL RELAXING CLASSICAL HITS

composed by Laurence Osborn
for amplified solo soprano and six players
45mins

commissioned by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and November Music Festival

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MADAME MA BONNE SŒUR

composed by Brett Dean
for mezzo-soprano and string quartet
30mins

commissioned by Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Oxford Lieder Festival
for more information and to view the score visit Boosey & Hawkes

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MUSIC FOR BOSCH PEOPLE

composed by Alex Paxton
for two saxophones, two trombones, two electric guitars, drums and loudspeakers
15mins

listen on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube Music

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THE BIG HOUSE

composed by Oliver Leith
for string quartet
25mins

commissioned for the Ruisi Quartet, by Peter and Veronica Lofthouse
watch a trailer about the work by the Ruisi Quartet
for more information and to view the score visit Faber Music

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A SHORT STORY OF FALLING

composed by Joanna Marsh
for upper voice choir and piano
4½ mins

commissioned by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
listen on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube Music

watch the National Youth Girls’ Choir of Great Britain, conducted by Joanna Tomlinson perform the work on YouTube 
for more information and to purchase the score click here

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Winner

ALL SHALL BE WELL

composed by Joanna Marsh
for unaccompanied choir
6mins

commissioned by RT Hon Patricia Hewitt for ORA Singers
watch ORA Singers perform the work as part of their Live From London debut on YouTube
for more information and to purchase the score click here

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CARMINA TEMPORE VIRI (SONGS IN TIME OF VIRUS)

composed by Ken Hesketh
for upper voices, harp, organ and desk bells
22mins

commissioned by Temple Church London
listen to an excerpt on SoundCloud

to purchase the score click here

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SEASCAPES

composed by Kristina Arakelyan
for unaccompanied choir
25mins

commissioned by BBC Singers
for more information and to purchase the score click here

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THERE IS NO ROSE

composed by Cecilia McDowall
for unaccompanied choir
4mins

commissioned by King’s College Cambridge
listen on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube Music

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DAYLIGHTING

composed by Louise Drewett
community opera for children’s choir, soloists, narrator and ensemble with libretto by Clare Shaw
35½ mins

commissioned by Royal Academy of Music

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ISLE OF SOUND

composed by Emily Peasgood
soundscape project engaging communities in different parts of Thanet, Kent
for synth, vocal jingle and sound effects
18mins

commissioned by Turner Contemporary
listen to the work on SoundCloud

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SOMETHING EXCITING

composed by Derri Joseph Lewis
for SSAATB choir
4mins

commissioned by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
listen on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube Music
watch the NYCGB Fellowship Ensemble conducted by Ben Parry perform the piece on YouTube

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THE SELFISH GIANT

composed by John Barber
youth opera with libretto by Jessica Duchen
60mins

commissioned by Garsington Opera and Opera North

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Winner

WHEN A CHILD IS A WITNESS – REQUIEM FOR REFUGEES

composed by Liz Dilnot Johnson
for choir, children’s choir, mezzo soprano solo, organ, piano, violin/Hardanger fiddle and refugee groups
100mins

commissioned by Ex Cathedra
watch the promotional video on YouTube
for more information and to purchase the score visit Composers Edition

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Recipient

TALVIN SINGH

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.

Listen to Talvin Singh’s music on Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music.

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Nominee

22:22

composed by Dan Mar-Molinero
tenor saxophone feature for jazz orchestra
8 mins

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Winner

BIRDS OF PARADISE

composed by Tori Freestone
for jazz trio (flute/triangle, vocals and piano)
9 mins

listen to an extract on SoundCloud

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CWMWL TYSTION II – RIOT! SUITE

composed by Tomos Williams
for voice and jazz ensemble with live visuals
61 mins

funded by Ty Cerdd

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PLANT BASED PATTERNS

composed by David De La Haye
for jazz trio with field recordings
8 mins

commissioned by Sound and Music and Sunderland Culture
listen on Bandcamp

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TO LOVE ITSELF

composed by Alex Hitchcock
for jazz ensemble
10½ mins

listen on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube Music

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CANDYFOLK SPACE-DRUM

composed by Alex Paxton
for 6 players, jazz drum kit, improvising soloist, electronics and children’s choir
34 mins

commissioned by London Sinfonietta

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CONCERTO GROSSO

composed by Joe Cutler
for ten piece solo ensemble, orchestral strings and timpani
17 mins

commissioned by Sage Gateshead
for more information and to purchase the score visit Composers Edition

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HOUSES SLIDE

composed by Laura Bowler
for cycling soprano, ensemble and fixed and live electronics
45 mins

commissioned by London Sinfonietta
watch on YouTube

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Winner

SCENES FROM THE WILD

composed by Cheryl Frances-Hoad
for tenor and chamber orchestra
70mins

commissioned by City of London Sinfonia for their 50th anniversary year
for more information and to purchase the score visit Wise Music Classical

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SLEEPTALKER

composed by Robin Haigh
for thirty piece chamber orchestra
8 mins

watch on YouTube
to view the score click here

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À MON SEUL DÉSIR

composed by Brian Irvine
for violin and orchestra
16 mins

commissioned by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
listen on SoundCloud

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ACTS OF WAVES

composed by Edmund Finnis
for orchestra
17 mins

commissioned by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
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CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA

composed by George Benjamin
for orchestra
17 mins

commissioned by Mahler Chamber Orchestra, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and the Karolina Blaberg Foundation, and BBC Radio 3

watch on YouTube
for more information and to purchase the score visit Faber Music

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LITANIES

composed by Julian Anderson
for cello and orchestra
23 mins

commissioned by Radio France, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne

for more information and to purchase the score visit Schott Music

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TO AN UTTERANCE

composed by Rebecca Saunders
for piano and symphony orchestra
28mins

for more information and to purchase the score visit Edition Peters

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Recipient

GEORGE BENJAMIN

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.

Listen to George Benjamin’s music on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music.

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CORALE

composed by Benjamin Graves
for viola and piano
9 mins

commissioned by Park Lane Group supported by the Marchus and Fidelio Trusts

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FANTASIE DI STRANI E DOLCI MISTERI DELLA PAROLA

composed by James Weeks
for mezzo soprano and violin
23 mins

listen on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube Music
For more information and to purchase the score visit University of York Press

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Winner

NATURAL WORLD

composed by Laurence Crane
for soprano and piano / sampler keyboard
50 mins

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

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ROSALIND

composed by Hannah Kendall
for soprano, baritone and piano
15 mins

commissioned by Leeds Lieder Festival, supported by Arts Council England
listen to an excerpt on SoundCloud

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THIS UNQUIET AUTUMN

composed by Lara Agar
for soprano and piano
13 mins

commissioned by Juliet Fraser
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BEACONS

by Emily Peasgood
a site-specific outdoor ritual, performed on the beaches in coastal communities that features an experimental vocal performance and sound responsive light installation.

commissioned by Alison Neighbour and Creative Folkestone
watch on Vimeo
visit project website

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DOWN GONE

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

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EARTHQUAKE MASS RE-IMAGINED

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.

commissioned by Cryptic in partnership with The Anglo Mexican Foundation & Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

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.

watch an excerpt on Vimeo
listen to an excerpt on SoundCloud

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THE MUTE STILL AIR

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

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Winner

THE SOUND VOICE PROJECT: PAUL, I LEFT MY VOICE BEHIND, TANJA

by Hannah Conway
A unique performance installation exploring three powerful stories of voice loss and identity

Paul – aria for two singers
I Left My Voice Behind – tableau for two choirs and two cellos
Tanja – trio for video and two singers

commissioned by the Sound Voice
watch on YouTube

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Winner

DANTE

composed by Thomas Adès
ballet in three parts, for orchestra with pre-recorded voices and female choir
choreography by Wayne Macgregor
82 mins

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

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OPSNIZING DAD

composed by John Wallace
opera in one act for Solo tenor voice, chorus, brass ensemble (period instruments) and percussion
libretto by Elizabeth Ingram-Wallace
31 mins

watch on YouTube

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SYLLABLE

composed by Edward Jessen
operatic sonic theatre work for soloists, chorus, chamber orchestra and auxiliary audio
80 mins

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

watch on YouTube

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THE SHACKLED KING

composed by John Casken
drama for bass, mezzo-soprano and ensemble
50 mins

commissioned by Barry Millington and Counterpoise Ensemble
watch excerpt on YouTube

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WITCH

composed by Freya Waley-Cohen
opera in one act for 14 singers and chamber orchestra
libretto by Ruth Mariner
69 mins

commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music for their 200th anniversary
watch on YouTube
for more information and to purchase the score visit Birdsong Music Publishing

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Judith Weir was honoured with Fellowship of The Ivors Academy at #TheIvorsComposerAwards to recognise her excellence and impact in the art and craft of music creation.

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Judith Weir was honoured with Fellowship of The Ivors Academy at #TheIvorsComposerAwards to recognise her excellence and impact in the art and craft of music creation.

She shares what it means for her to receive this prestigious award 👏

Judith Weir was honoured with Fellowship of The Ivors Academy at #TheIvorsComposerAwards to recognise her excellence and impact in the art and craft of music creation.

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