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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.

The Ivors Composer Awards 2017

Amateur or Young Performers - Kerry Andrew

British Composer Award for Innovation - Shiva Feshareki

British Composer Award for Inspiration - Nigel Osborne

Chamber Ensemble - Rebecca Saunders

Choral - Andrew Hamilton

Community or Educational Project - Brian Irvine

Daniel Kidane, Soosan Lolavor and Guest

George Nicholson and Guests

Grace Mason and Gary Carpenter

Contemporary Jazz Composition - Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

Orchestral - Emily Howard

Paulette Long and Vanessa Reed

Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Clifton Harrison and Neil Heyde

PRS for Music - Chairman Nigel Elderton and Edward Gregson

PRS for Music - Chairman Nigel Elderton and Jackie Alway

Small Chamber - Robin Haigh

Solo or Duo - Deborah Pritchard

Sonic Art - Loz Samuels for Kathy Hinde

Stage Works - Philip Venables

Wind Band or Brass Band - Kenneth Hesketh

The 15th British Composer Awards were presented on Wednesday 4th December 2017 at the British Museum, London.

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The Feast That Went Off With A Bang

Composed by Ed Hughes
music theatre: for children’s voices, piano and optional horn and clarinet, with libretto by Peter Cant
10 minutes
commissioned by Mahogany Opera Group as part of ‘Snappy Operas’

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The Hogboon

Composed by Peter Maxwell Davies
children’s opera: for choir, orchestra and soloists
55 minutes
commissioned by The London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonie Luxembourg within a series of commissions of children’s operas led by Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey

for more information visit Schott Music

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Winner

Who We Are

Composed by Kerry Andrew
for children’s choir
commissioned by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

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Nigel Osborne

The British Composer Award for Inspiration recognises a composer who has written a consistently exceptional body of classical compositions.
It is presented in association with the Music Publishers Association.

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Khadambi’s House

Composed by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian
for chamber ensemble
commissioned as part of the Composer-in-Residence scheme at Khadambi’s House: an LSO Soundhub project. Generous support was provided by Khadambi Asalache’s partner, Susie Thomson

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Winner

Skin

Composed by Rebecca Saunders
for soprano and 13 instruments
28 minutes
commissioned by South West German Radio, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival & Casa da Música Porto

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The wreck of former boundaries

Composed by Aaron Cassidy
for two trumpet soloists, B-flat clarinet, alto saxophone, trombone, electric lap steel guitar, double bass, and 5.1 channel electronics
35 minutes
commissioned by ELISION Ensemble

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Affix Stamp Here

Composed by Leo Chadburn
for voices (at least 4 performers), analogue synthesizers and projections (optional)
18 minutes
commissioned by EXAUDI with funds provided by the Britten Pears Foundation and supported by City, University of London

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Proclamation of the Republic

Composed by Andrew Hamilton
for vocal ensemble
16 minutes
commissioned by EXAUDI with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland

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The Temptations of Christ

Composed by Barnaby Martin
cantata for choir, soloists, tubular bells and organ
45 minutes
commissioned by Illuminare Choir

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Anything but Bland

Composed by Brian Irvine
for orchestra, all female chorus, soloists, video projection and narrator with libretto by John McIlduff
commissioned by Northern Ireland Science Festival / Dumbworld

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BIRDS and other Stories

Composed by Emily Peasgood
for choir and spoken word
commissioned by POW! Thanet in celebration of International Women’s Day

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Crossing Over

Composed by Emily Peasgood
live performance and surround sound installation for community choir
commissioned by Turner Contemporary, supported with funds by Canterbury Christ Church University

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Loop Concerto

Composed by Benjamin Oliver
for jazz trio and large ensemble
30 minutes

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Muted Lines

Composed by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian
for jazz quintet and sinfonietta
6 minutes
commissioned by Trish Clowes & Emulsion Festival with support from PRS Foundation & private sponsors (Kickstarter)

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You Are My World

Composed by Robert Mitchell
for piano, bass and drums
6 minutes

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Shiva Feshareki

The British Composer Award for Innovation represents peer recognition for achievement, and an innovative approach to composition.

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Forest

Composed by Tansy Davies
concerto for four horns
20 minutes
commissioned by Esa-Pekka Salonen for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary – New York Philharmonic: Alan Gilbert, Music Director – International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn’s 60th Anniversary

for more information visit Faber Music

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Torus

Composed by Emily Howard
concerto for orchestra
22 minutes
commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

for more information visit Edition Peters

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Two Eardley Pictures

Composed by Helen Grime
for orchestra
14 minutes
commissioned by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland

for more information visit Chester Music

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In Feyre Foreste

Composed by Robin Haigh
for sopranino recorder (solo), two alto recorders (both doubling soprano recorders), and two tenor recorders (both also doubling soprano recorders)
7 minutes
commissioned by Royal Academy of Music

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Omloop Het Ives

Composed by Laurence Crane
for bass flute and string quartet
10 minutes

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Tuvan Songbook

Composed by Christian Mason
for string quartet
19 minutes
commissioned by Ligeti Quartet supported by the Britten Pears Foundation and RVW Trust

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Inside Colour

Composed by Deborah Pritchard
for solo violin
8 minutes
commissioned by the London Sinfonietta with funds provide by Lark Insurance for the London Sinfonietta Shorts Series

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Merula Perpetua

Composer by Sally Beamish
for viola and piano
12 mins
commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of the New Generation Artists Scheme

for more information visit Edition Peters

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Piano Sonata No.2

Composed by Stuart MacRae
for piano
21 minutes
partly funded by research award from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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cloud-cuckoo-island

Composed by Hanna Tuulikki
solo performance-to-camera vocal improvisation
8 minutes

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Luminous Birds

Composed by Kathy Hinde
light and sound installation for outdoor public spaces
originally commissioned by Kidderminster Arts Festival 2015, with development and sound commissioned by Cryptic 2016

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Untitled Valley of Fear

Composed by Sam Salem
for 3 object operators, tape & video
12 minutes
commissioned by Distractfold Ensemble

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4.48 Psychosis

Composed by Philip Venables
chamber opera in one act, with libretto by Sarah Kane
90 minutes
commissioned by Royal Opera House and Guildhall School of Music and Drama

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Empty Hand, Peaceful Mind

Composed by Ben Gaunt
stage work for karateka, clarinet, and viola
14 minutes
commissioned by LSO Soundhub

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The Tempest

Composed by Sally Beamish
ballet, for orchestra, with choreography by David Bintley
100 mins
commissioned by Birmingham Royal Ballet

for more information visit Edition Peters

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Anemoi

Composed by Joseph Davies
for wind orchestra
15 minutes
commissioned by Ty Cerdd

for more information visit Chester Music

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Four Études

Composed by Edward Gregson
for brass band
8 minutes
commissioned by Black Dyke Band

for more information visit Chester Music

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In Ictu Oculi

Composed by Kenneth Hesketh
for wind orchestra
17 minutes
commissioned by National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain with funds from RVW Trust

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