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Entries open for The Ivors Classical Awards 2024  

The Ivors Classical Awards return on Tuesday 12th November at the BFI Southbank in London, celebrating the best new works in classical and sound art.

Entries for The Ivors Classical Awards open today, 28th May 2024. The awards recognise and celebrate creative excellence by classical composers and sound artists. Each winner receives a coveted Ivor Novello Award, which are widely recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956.  

An Ivor Novello Award is unique as it represents peer recognition with categories judged by award-winning composers from across The Ivors Academy’s membership. 

Over the past twenty years, the Academy has celebrated and recognised the craft and achievements of some of the UK’s most talented composers including Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Tansy Davies, Jonny Greenwood, Anna Meredith, Sir John Tavener, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Errollyn Wallen, Roderick Williams and many more. 

Works can be entered across eight award categories celebrating chamber, choral and orchestral compositions, stage works, community and participation projects and sound art.  

The categories for The Ivors Classical Awards are: 

Best Small Chamber Composition
Best Chamber Ensemble Composition
Best Large Ensemble Composition
Best Orchestral Composition
Best Choral Composition
Best Community and Participation Composition in association with ABRSM
Best Stage Work
Best Sound Art 

 To be eligible, composers and sound artists must be British, Irish or UK resident.  

Classical compositions must have received their first UK public performance, and works of sound art their first UK public presentation, between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024. This includes live concerts, live-streamed concerts, broadcasts and appearance on a commercial recording if the music was accessible to members of the public in the UK for the first time. 

Take a look at the Rules and Guidelines for the full entry requirements.  

Ivors Academy members can enter works with waived or discounted administration fees.  

Professional tier members can enter up to two works for The Ivors Classical Awards with no fee, and a third work with a 50% discount at £10 + VAT. Standard members can enter one work for free and two further works with a 25% discount at £15 per work. If a composer is not a member, the fee is £20 per work. 

Join The Ivors Academy as a member.  

Submit an entry via our Awards Entry Site by 5pm, 8th July 2024. 

The Ivors Classical Awards are sponsored by PRS for Music and will take place on Tuesday 12th November at the BFI Southbank in London. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the ceremony in a special edition of the New Music Show, which will also be available on BBC Sounds. 


Tuesday 28th May, Entries open 

Monday 8th July, Entries close 

Thursday 15th October, Nominations announced 

Tuesday 12th November, The Ivors Classical Awards, BFI Southbank, London 


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