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Month: November 2022

Rab Noakes at a gig to honour Gerry Rafferty in 2014

A world-class musician, Rab had an unsurpassed knowledge of music; his song introductions at live performances always informed, often amazed, and frequently amused. He not only possessed genuine wisdom, but selflessly dispensed it freely in a way that encouraged others, particularly young performers.  He was a joy to play with, and a natural leader, with […]

The winners were announced during a ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Hannah Peel and Tom Service at the British Museum. Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, Ivor Novello Awards celebrate creative excellence in composing and songwriting. Seven out of ten of this year’s winners received an award from […]

2022 Judges for The Ivors Composer Awards

The 2022 Judges were: Robert Ames Sarah Angliss Luke Bedford David Bednall Rory Boyle Elvin Brandhi Charlotte Bray Gary Carpenter Bob Chilcott Olivia Clarke Mahaliah Edwards Simon Emmerson Daniel Fardon Juliet Fraser Tim Garland Martin Green Edward Gregson Magz Hall Charlotte Harding Kenneth Hesketh Emily Howard Rhian Hutchings Martin Iddon Brian Irvine Laura Jurd Nathan […]

Charlotte Harding, Ivor Novello Award winning composer

The survey reveals that of 319 composers who have won or been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award, 96% learned one or more instruments as a child and 94% had opportunities to perform music when young. Of those that did perform, over 50 composers had opportunities at school or in their local area. 64% of […]

2021 Songwriters' Review report - showcasing the year's most popular songs and the songwriters behind them

Despite Rodrigo’s success only 15 of the top 100 songwriters in the world are women Pop was the top genre, replacing Rap from the year before An average of 4.4 songwriters were involved in creating a top 100 song in 2021, down from the previous year’s 5 While American and British songwriters dominate the chart, […]


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