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View galleries, winners and nominees for each year of The British Composer Awards since they began in 2003.

The Ivors Composer Awards 2018

Orchestral - Alan Davey CBE for Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Albert Hong and William Marsey

Alex Bray and Raymond Yiu

Cevanne Horrocks - Hopayian and Jodie Cartman

British Composer Award for Inspiration - David Bintley CBE and Sally Beamish

Solo or Duo - Dominic Murcott

Sonic Art - Emily Peasgood

Choral - James Rushton for Judith Weir

Chamber Ensemble - James Weeks

Jeremy Holland-Smith and Docklands Sinfonia Guests

Community or Educational Project - Liam Taylor-West

Lucy Goddard and Laura Bowler

Natalie Holroyd and Robert Laidlow

Amateur or Young Performers - Oliver Searle

Royal Academy of Music Performance

Simon Dobson, Gavin Higgins, Kwabs and Guest

Wind Band or Brass Band - Simon Dobson

Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble - Simon Lasky

Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble - Toks Kinoshi and Glenda Daniel-Kinoshi for Cassie Kinoshi

British Composer Award for Innovation - Trevor Wishart

The 16th British Composer Awards were presented on Tuesday 2rd December 2018 at the British Museum, London.

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Fiery Tales

Composed by Richard Bullen

For voices and piano
Commissioned by Ronald Corp – New London Children’s Choir

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Winner

Microscopic Dances

Composed by Oliver Searle

For Flute, Saxophone – Alto/Baritone, Bassoon, Horn in F, Trumpet in Bb, Percussion 1 – Toms (3), Triangle, Vibraphone, other untuned percussion, Percussion 2 – Vibraphone, Marimba, other untuned percussion, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, ‘Cello, Double Bass, Electric Keyboards (Figurenotes Notation), iPads (3)(ThumbJam App), Laptops (Notion Performance software), Roland Handsonic, Roland Digital Drumkit, Vocals
Commissioned by National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and Drake Music Scotland

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The Caretaker’s Guide to the Orchestra

Composed by Jeremy Holland-Smith

For full orchestra
Commissioned by Docklands Sinfonia

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Sally Beamish

Sally Beamish, presented in association with the Music Publishers Association

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Libro di fiammelle e ombre

Composed by James Weeks

For 6 solo voices

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O Hototogisu!

Composed by Oliver Knussen

For fl.ob(=ca).cl.bcl.bsn – 2 hn.tpt.trbn – perc(2) 1: glsp/high and low cym/small claves/hyoshigi (large Japanese claves)/mokusho (very high wdbl)/large tam-t 2: mar/rin/small Japanese drum/medium cym/2 whips (sprung)/3 tpbl/mcas/tgl/BD – pno(=cel) – harp – solo flute – solo soprano – 4 vln.2 vla.2 vlc.db
Co-commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Snape Maltings with financial assistance from Arts Council England, John Feeney Charitable Trust, BCMG’s Sound Investors and the Jonathan Reekie Leaving Fund

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Tanz/haus : triptych 2017

Composed by James Dillon

For Fl, Cl, Perc, Pf, Acdn, ElecGtr, Vln, Vc, Db + Electronics
Commissioned by Red Note Ensemble, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sound, Transit and November Music

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Winner

In the Land of Uz

Composed by Judith Weir

For Narrator, SATB chorus, solo tenor and instrumental ensemble (soprano saxophone, trumpet, tuba, viola, double bass and organ)
Commissioned by BBC Radio 3

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Mielo

Composed by Raymond Yiu

For female chorus
Commissioned by The Musical Originals Singers

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Unending Love

Composed by Roxanna Panufnik

For Double Choir, Carnatic Singer (optional), Indian Violin, Sitar, Veena and Indian Percussion
Commissioned by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

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Solace

Composed by Conall Gleeson

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner- a retelling for our times

Composed by Dee Isaacs

For children’s chorus and 25 piece chamber ensemble
Funded by Lobs Trust, Robin Leith Trust, Ian Fleming Trust, Thornton Foundation and Innovation Initiative Grant from the Edinburgh Fund

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The Umbrella

The Umbrella by Liam Taylor-West

For Horn in F, Trombone, Violin, 2x Clarion, Linnstrument, 2x Percussion, Keyboard, Piano

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Close to Ecstasy

Composed by Simon Lasky

For piano, harmonica, acoustic & electric guitar, fretless bass, kit, percussion

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Vegetarians

Composed by Ivo Neame

For tenor saxophone, fender rhodes, mellotron, nord lead, acoustic bass, drums

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You’ve Got to Play the Game

Composed by Johnny Richards

For tenor & baritone saxophone, electric guitar, keyboard (Wurlitzer), electric bass, drums
UK premiere: 17 September at Lancaster Jazz Festival

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Winner

Afronaut

Composed by Cassie Kinoshi

For Trumpet Bb (x2), Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trombone, Tuba, Guitar, Piano/Rhodes, Upright Bass, Drums

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Rituals

Rituals by Matt London

For Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Double Bass, Electric Guitar and Drums

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Time

Composed by Finlay Panter

For Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Bass Trombone, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trumpet 3, Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Piano, Rhodes, Double Bass, Drums

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Winner

Deep Time

Composed by Harrison Birtwistle

Commissioned by Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra, BBC Proms (for Daniel Barenboim)

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Recorder Concerto

Composed by Graham Fitkin

For rec – 3.3.3.3 – 4.3.3.1 – timp.2perc – str
Commissioned by Evelyn Nallen and Barbara Law, assisted by generous donations from the Society of Recorder Players and its members, and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival (with funds provided by The Hinrichsen Foundation)

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The Imaginary Museum

Composed by Julian Anderson

For piano and orchestra
Co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3, Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester and Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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A Damned Mob of Scribbling Women

Composed by Laura Bowler

For mezzo soprano and piano
Commissioned by Lucy Goddard and Siwan Rhys, with support from Snape Maltings, ACE, PRSF, RVW Trust and Hinrichsen Foundation

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Belmont Chill

Composed by William Marsey

For solo piano

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The Harmonic Canon

Composed by Dominic Murcott

For custom made 1/2 ton double bell plus auxillery tuned and untuned metal percussion

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Chant

Composed by Charlotte Bray

For clarinet, violin and piano
Commissioned by Ducasse Trio with the support of The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust and the RVW Trust

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Lines Between

Composed by Robert Laidlow

For Bb clarinet, cello, piano

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Unbreathed

Composed by Rebecca Saunders

For string quartet
Comissioned by Wigmore Hall, with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation; The Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund in the Library of Congress; ECLAT Festival Stuttgart; Festival Musica Strasbourg; Philharmonie Luxembourg; Klangspuren Schwaz; November Music

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Halfway to Heaven

Composed by Emily Peasgood

For SSATB multichannel, synchronised and interactive sound installation, coded with C and created with: custom-built computer, ultrasonic sensors, and marine speakers in custom-made memorial urn housing
Commissioned by Folkestone Triennial / Creative Foundation, Folkestone

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The Otheroom

Composed by Rolf Wallin

For 4 double bell (optional) brass instruments, live electronics, 4 dancers
Commissioned by Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo

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Two Machines

Composed by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian & Hugh Jones as ‘Crewdson & Cevanne’

For voices, lever harp, and found sounds performed on custom midi controllers: the Sonic Bonnet, Concertronica & the Oddbox

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Shorelines

Composed by Oliver Coates

For string quartet
A Cryptic / Ragzazze Quartet Co-Commission, in partnership with deSingel (Belgium) and Grand Theatre Groningen (Netherlands), produced by Cryptic

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The Exterminating Angel

Composed by Thomas Adès‏

Commissioned by 2016 Salzburg Music Festival, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York, and the Royal Danish Opera

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The World’s Wife

Composed by Tom Green

For amplified soprano, amplified string quartet, performer operated loop devices controlling an ableton rig
Commissioned by Welsh National Opera and the Mavron Quartet

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Dark Arteries Suite

Composed by Gavin Higgins

For brass band and percussion

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Mindscape

Composed by Lucy Pankhurst

For brass band and percussion
Commissioned by Paul Hindmarsh (Brass Band Heritage Trust)

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The Turing Test

Composed by Simon Dobson

For brass band and percussion
Commissioned by Brass Band Willebroek (Belgium)

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