The Ivors Academy announces the nominees for the 2022 Ivors Composer Awards

The Ivors Academy has announced the nominations for the 20th annual Ivors Composer Awards, which recognize the best new works by composers writing for classical, jazz and sound art.

This year, nearly half of the list are first-time nominees, with up-and-coming composers alongside more established names. The Ivors Composer Awards are supported by PRS for musicand the winners will be announced on 15 November at a ceremony at the British Museum hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenters Hannah Peel and Tom Service.

As in previous years, the shortlist of nominated works highlights the importance of the commissioning process. Curators of works nominated this year include orchestras, festivals and personalities such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, BBC Singers, BBC Proms, Garsington Opera, Opera North, Oxford Lieder Festival, Juliette Fraser and many more.

In addition to the winners of the nine nominated categories, three special awards for sustained contributions to music will be presented during the evening. The Ivor Novello Award for Collection of Outstanding Works, presented in association with the Music Publishers Association, will honor an outstanding classical composer whose music demonstrates the highest degree of skill, impact and originality . The Ivor Novello Prize for Innovation, supported by the Union of Musicians, recognizes an innovative composer and musician whose creative practice inspires and influences successive generations. The evening will conclude with the presentation of an Academy Fellowship in recognition of excellence and impact in the art and craft of music-making.

Tom Gray, President of the Ivors Academy, said: “I would like to congratulate all the nominees and thank all the composers who submitted a work for consideration. For twenty years, the Ivors Composer Awards have recognized and celebrated the talent and artistry of this country’s composers. An Ivor Novello award is given by other composers and the recognition from our peers makes these awards so meaningful. We are determined to increase the voice and influence of composers over the next two decades in order to strengthen and grow as a community.

Andrea Czapary Martin, Managing Director of PRS for music, states, “The Ivors Composer Awards provide an unparalleled platform that recognizes excellence in the classical music, jazz and sound art communities. It’s encouraging to see that almost 50% of those nominated are first-time nominees, which highlights the burgeoning creative talent we have in the UK. This is exactly why we are proud to have invested in and supported the awards from the start and to continue to pledge our support as the awards move past their 20th anniversary. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, we look forward to honoring the winners in November.

The full list of nominees is available here.

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