View galleries, winners and nominees of British Composer Awards from 2003 to 2018 and Ivor Novello Awards at The Ivors Composer Awards since 2019.
Jazz musician Pete Churchill with award presenter Renell Shaw at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Anna Thorvaldsdottir wins the Ivor Novello Award for Large Scale Composition at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Small Chamber Award Winner Alex Paxton with presenter Andrea Czapary Martin at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Zoe Rahman collects the Ivor Novello Award for Impact at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Innovation Award recipient Cleveland Watkiss with presenter Julian Joseph at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Caroline Kraabel wins the Ivor Novello Award for Sound Art at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Martin Iddon wins Solo Composition for Lampades at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Composer Sarah Angliss is honoured with the Visionary Award, presented by Sarah Gabriel at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021
Oliver Zeffman collects the Vocal or Choral Award on behalf of Thomas Ades, from presenter Cecilia McDowall at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021
This year’s Impact Award recognises a composer and pianist who is one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. Zoe Rahman shines a one of Britain’s most powerful compositional voices and important contemporary artists who puts a spotlight on jazz from the UK as an international musical force.
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The Ivor Novello Award for Innovation recognises a creative innovator. The Academy described Cleveland Watkiss as a pioneer in the universe of sound, a tireless and fearless explorer who always travels his own way. His work in ensembles reveals an insight, and skill as a spontaneous composer sensitive to the conditions that allow creative improvisation to thrive. He is unique globally and in the annals of British Jazz and contemporary music, uncategorisable. Beyond his work as a band leader and vocalist extraordinaire, across jazz, drum ‘n’ bass, reggae and beyond, he continues to help educate others, passing on the wisdom accumulated by his years of trailblazing.
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Composed by Nikki Iles
for jazz band
commissioned by The International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers
The Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection recognises an exceptional body of classical works. In presenting the award to Alexander Goehr the Academy said his remarkable music has defined its own significance for the past 70 years. Varied and skilful, it contains a beauty that draws the listener into a unique and enigmatic world of sound.
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An experimental listening journey for static listener inspired by Borgesian labyrinths. A ritual for the artist and the listener. The piece incorporates binaural field recordings, interviews, piano, sampling, poetry, storytelling. It is an attempt to create a phenomenological labyrinth in audio form.
Composed by Caroline Kraabel
for baritone, alto and sopranino saxophones, double bass and film
The film started as 40 minutes of shots of London during the first UK Covid 19 Lockdown (the strict phase of which began on 23 March 2020). These were taken on my phone during permitted exercise (cycling).
The shots from 26 March are “imitated”. On the alto saxophone I have recreated and recorded as many as possible of the original sounds from the (poor-quality) audio on my phone-shots, and thus replaced the original audio.
The shots from 28 March replace the original audio, too, but are “inverted”. I wanted to make a soundtrack that was in some definable way the OPPOSITE of the actual sounds recorded on my phone.
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This soundscape piece reveals the hidden sounds of nocturnal wildlife in the UK in order to bring a wider awareness of environmental sound and to preserve and archive sounds of the natural world before they disappear.
Composed by Ed Hughes
for chamber orchestra
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The Cuckmere Soundwalk was launched in September 2020 by the composer for the ECHOES interactive soundwalks App. This App uses geo-location to enable users to enjoy site-specific walking experiences with immersive sound and music. Cuckmere Haven is an area of flood plains in Sussex, where the river Cuckmere meets the English Channel. Its location is between the coastal towns of Seaford and Eastbourne.
Composed by Magz Hall
for WASP synth and location recordings from the Irish Sea and Canterbury Garden
commissioned for the Aerial/Sparks Arts Trail on Innis Orr
curated by Louise Manifold for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture 2020
funded by the Irish Arts Council and The Irish Marine Institute
A radiophonic work that considers how radio helps us with forced isolation, and how visible and invisible boundaries can be broken via radio waves as an act of resistance.
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Sarah Angliss is no ordinary musician. Classically trained, specialising in baroque and renaissance music, she also studied electroacoustic engineering and robotics, and both sides of her education inform her art. A startling and multifaceted creative technologist and composer, she performs with both humans and machines, bringing electronic innovation into her unique compositions. Angliss creates a strikingly original sound world that reveals a unique and exceptional compositional voice.
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