Thomas Adès, Brett Dean, Tansy Davies, Brian Irvine, Hannah Kendall, Ben Nobuto, John Rutter, Josephine Stephenson, & Dobrinka Tabakova Take Home Ivor Novello AwardsBy Afton Wooten
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The Ivors Academy revealed the winners of the Ivor Novello Awards at The Ivors Classical Awards.
The 11 winners were announced during a ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Hannah Peel and Tom Service at the British Film Institute in London. Winners in opera and classical voice categories are Thomas Adès, Brett Dean, Tansy Davies, Brian Irvine, Hannah Kendall, Ben Nobuto, John Rutter, Josephine Stephenson, and Dobrinka Tabakova.
Adès received his third Ivor Novello Award, and fifth award from The Ivors Academy in the Best Chamber Ensemble Composition for his work “Növények.” Nobuto was presented with his first Ivor Novello Award for “Sol” for Best Choral Composition. Tabakova’s “Swarm Fanfares” was picked the award for Best Community and Participation Composition. Kendall received her first Ivor Novello Award in the Best Large Ensemble Composition category for “shouting forever into the receiver.” Stephenson’s piece “Comme l’espoir/you might all disappear” won the award for Best Small Chamber Composition.
Irvine collected the Ivor Novello Award for Best Stage Work for his “Least Like the Other: Searching for Rosemary Kennedy.” The one-act opera was commissioned by Irish National Opera and premiered at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre. Rutter was honored with a Fellowship of The Ivors Academy. He joins a prestigious list of 24 Fellows including John Adams, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Judith Weir CBE and Sting. Davies was recognized with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection.
BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the ceremony on Nov. 18 in a special edition of the New Music Show and the episode will also be available on BBC Sounds. The Ivors Classical Awards are supported by PRS for Music and BBC Radio 3 are broadcast partners.