Announcement of the first Ivors Composer Week

The Ivors Composer Award celebrates its 20th anniversary this year – and they’re marking the occasion by expanding its format to a first-ever Ivors Composers Week.

The seven days of events will follow the awards themselves, which celebrate the best new works by composers writing for classical, jazz and sound art. Ivors Composer Week will run from November 14-20 and the winners of this year’s Ivors Composer Awards will be announced on Tuesday 15 November.

Like the awards themselves, the week will champion composers, providing opportunities to connect and explore topics that impact composers. The events will support The Ivors Academy Trust, which creates new opportunities for composers and songwriters, including mentorship, creative support, leadership development and education.

The main events of the week include:

  • A reception at the House of Commons Monday, November 14. This invitation-only event will be hosted by MP Kevin Brennan, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music, and sponsored by PRS for Music. The ORA Singers will perform Ave Verum Corpus reinvented, composed by former Ivors winner Roderick Williams.
  • On Tuesday 15, the 20th edition of The Ivors Composer Awards will be presented by BBC Radio 3 presenters Hannah Peel and Tom Servicethe latter also a BBC Music Magazine donor. Tickets are available.
  • For Meet the curators at St Martin in the Fields on Wednesday the 16th, Sarah Gee (Spitalfields Music), Gill Graham (Wise Music Group) and Riot Ensemble’s Aaron Holloway-Nahum will discuss the changing landscape of classical commissions. Book for free as a member Where for £10 as a non-member.
  • Thursday the 17th will feature a live broadcast of a conference by David Ferguson, Classic beyond the concert hall. Also on the bill, the composer Heloise Werner (top photo) and others will discuss the impact of new technologies on creating and strengthening human connections. Broadcast live, the event is open to everyone.

Lloyd Coleman, Composer and Chairman of the Ivors Academy Classical Council, said: “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ivors Composer Awards, it is important that we look forward to the next twenty years. As composers, we are affected by the issues of touring, the underinvestment in public school music education, and the financial pressures faced by cultural institutions and venues.

“But the talent of composers in the UK, technological innovations and the importance of music and culture to Britain’s place in the world means that with the right support and funding, there is good reason to be optimistic. The Ivors Academy will launch a new conversation and campaign, Composers under pressure? during Composers Week to explore the challenges and opportunities facing composers today and how we can ensure a bright future.

You can read more about the Ivors Composer Awards in the December issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Photo of Héloïse Werner: Nick Rutter

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