The Ivors Composer Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Celebrating the art of composition, presenting Ivor Novello Awards to composers in recognition of the best new works across contemporary classical, jazz and sound art.

Ivors Composer Awards 2019

The Ivors Academy have announced The Ivors Composer Awards 2019 winners at a glittering ceremony at the British Museum in London, presented by BBC Radio 3’s Kate Molleson and Tom Service.

Ivor Novello Awards were presented across eleven nominated categories that included jazz composition, works for chamber ensemble and those written for Amateur or Young Performers. In addition, two composers were recognised for their wider contribution to music through the presentation of Ivor Novello Awards for Innovation and Lifetime Achievement. Of the thirteen composers awarded, all but one was honoured by The Ivors Academy for the very first time, with the majority presented to female composers.

The Ivors Composer Awards, now in its 17th year and previously known as the British Composer Awards, celebrate and honour the best new works by UK contemporary composers in Classical, Jazz and Sound Art. They celebrate the art of composition and are sponsored by PRS for Music. The event is in association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage.


It is a privilege for The Ivors Academy to honour these exceptional composers, and we’re especially delighted to have so many first-time winners this year. The works recognised today – and the creators behind them – adventure far into the evolving musical landscape. We’re thrilled to award such a rich variety of talent. Our congratulations go out to all the nominees and winners.

Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy

Congratulations from all of us at PRS for Music to all of the winners and nominees especially those who have won an Ivor Novello Award for the first time, it was an honour to celebrate their achievements this evening. Thank you for the fantastic music you create, and I hope this evening is one of many excellent moments in your careers.

Nigel Elderton, Chair of PRS for Music

At Radio 3 we believe arts and music are an essential part of what it means to be human. That’s why we’re proud to support innovators in contemporary music as the broadcast partner of The Ivors Composer Awards – it’s part of our commitment to experimental music and pushing boundaries of sound, and through that, understanding. Congratulations to all the winners and those on the short list, without you sharing new ideas and pushing the whole musical scene forward, the world would be a less interesting place musically

Alan Davey, Controller, BBC Radio 3

The Ivors Composer Awards 2019 Winners

AMATEUR OR YOUNG PERFORMERS: The Salamander and The Moonraker by Edward Gregson

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: Flute Concerto by Dai Fujikura

CHORAL: Pocket Universe by Geoff Hannan



JAZZ COMPOSITION FOR SMALL ENSEMBLE: There is a Crack in Everything by Alison Rayner

ORCHESTRAL: The Book of Miracles (Trombone Concerto) by Gavin Higgins

SMALL CHAMBER: Leafleoht by James Weeks

SOLO OR DUO: Invisible Cities by Charlotte Bray

SOUND ART: Aeons: A Sound Walk for Newcastle by Martin Green

STAGE WORKS: Harriet (‘Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman’) by Hilda Paredes



About The Ivors Academy

The Ivors Academy exists to support, protect and celebrate music creators in the UK. We are the independent professional association representing songwriters and composers in all genres, whether they create song, symphony or sync. We can trace our history back over 70 years. And we are entirely self-funded, relying on the continued support of our members and partners to carry on our work.

Music is the most profound, enduring and popular of art forms. It crosses all borders, conveys all emotions, and touches all people. None of the music that the world loves exists until brilliant songwriters and composers create it. We represent, support, protect and celebrate the creators of music.

Ivor Novello Awards are the ultimate accolade for songwriting and composing in the industry. The Ivors celebrate the talents of songwriters and screen composers, whilst The Ivors Composer Awards celebrate music creators in the classical, jazz and sonic art fields. The Ivors Academy Gold Badge recognises those who have supported and inspired our community. Each of these celebrations has at its heart the power and brilliance of music creators.

We campaign together nationally and internationally to ensure that the rights of our members are protected, especially as our industry continues to rapidly change. And we cultivate talent, creating a community across the country in which our members share their valuable knowledge, creators cross-pollinate and collaborate, and all voices are heard. We guide new talent entering the industry and continue to encourage our members as they progress to greater successes.

We are the champions of music creators.

We are The Ivors Academy.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2019, 18.8 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £810.8m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

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