Ivors Composer Awards nominees revealed

Ivors Composer Awards nominees revealed

The Ivors Academy has unveiled the nominations for The Ivors Composer Awards 2019.

Formerly known as the British Composer Awards, it has been renamed to reflect the Ivors Academy’s rebrand.

Now in their 17th year, the awards honour the best new works by UK contemporary composers in classical, jazz and sound art.

This year, 33 individual works have been nominated across 11 categories including Orchestral, Solo or Duo, Sound Art, Chamber Ensemble and Amateur or Young Performers.

Of the 30 composers nominated, Gary Carpenter, Sir James MacMillan and Charlotte Harding (a first-time nominee) have all received a double nomination.

The Ivors Composer Awards are sponsored by PRS for MusicThe event is in association with BBC Radio 3, providing exclusive broadcast coverage.

The Ivors Academy chair, Crispin Hunt, says: “We’re incredibly excited to honour a wide range of phenomenal talent, all of whom have demonstrated the highest quality of composition craft in their fields, engaging with and challenging the world around them." 

Andrea C Martin, PRS for Music CEO, said: “I am delighted that we are once again supporting The Ivors Composer Awards, celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of our contemporary composer community. Congratulations to all those nominated, your works show the range of talent and creativity flourishing in the UK.”

Works eligible for The Ivors Composer Awards 2019 received a UK premiere between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 and must have been composed by a composer born or resident in the UK.

The Ivors Composer Awards 2019 Nominees:

Instrumental or vocal music performed by one or two players or voices

  • Invisible Cities by Charlotte Bray
  • Keyboard Engine by Sir Harrison Birtwistle
  • Partials by Barnaby Martin

Three to five instruments for one player or voice per part

  • Leafleoht by James Weeks
  • Meeting the Universe Halfway by Matthew Sergeant
  • String Quartet No.3 ‘Hana no hanataba’ by Julian Anderson

Six or more instruments or voices written for one player or voice per part, except works written specifically for the voice

  • Flute Concerto by Dai Fujikura
  • Mondrian by Gary Carpenter
  • Sapiens by Mark Bowden

Up to eight instruments or voices that contain interactive improvisation as an essential element

  • Mother Medusae by Michael J McEvoy
  • Quadriga in 5 by Simon Thacker
  • There is a Crack in Everything by Alison Rayner

Nine or more instruments or voices that contain interactive improvisation as an essential element

  • Jumping In by Laura Jurd
  • On Marsden Moor by Jonny Mansfield
  • This Much I Know Is True by Mark Lockheart

A cappella or accompanies, except works for choir and orchestra

  • Mass in Troubled Times by John Pickard
  • O Virgo Prudentissima by Sir James MacMillan
  • Pocket Universe by Geoff Hannan

Including works for choir and orchestra

  • The Book of Miracles (Trombone Concerto) by Gavin Higgins
  • Uncoiling the River by Kenneth Hesketh
  • Woven Space by Helen Grime

Works specifically written for the stage, including opera, dance and musical theatre

  • Cave by Tansy Davies
  • Harriet (‘Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman’) by Hilda Paredes
  • Them by Charlotte Harding


Installations, sculptural, electroacoustic and audience-interactive work or non-concert formats

  • Aeons: A Sound Walk for Newcastle by Martin Green
  • Aurora by James Hamilton
  • Regretfully Yours, Ongoing by Neil Luck

Works demonstrating a composer’s work in community engagement alongside compositional craft

  • All the Hills and Vales Along by Sir James MacMillan
  • Convo by Charlotte Harding
  • Never Again by Emily Peasgood

Works for voluntary, amateur or youth choirs, ensembles and orchestras

  • Agreed by Howard Moody
  • Ghost Songs by Gary Carpenter
  • The Salamander and the Moonraker by Edward Gregson
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