The Ivors Composer Awards is the UK's foremost celebration of creative excellence in contemporary classical and jazz composition and sound arts and will take place on December 8 with the winners announced at an awards ceremony at the British Museum in London.
The nominations were announced on November 10 across six categories and Wise Music Group is thrilled to announce two nominations this year for Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
Vocal or Choral Composition - Thinking I Hear Thee Call for soprano, speaker and electronics by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
Large Scale Composition - the orchestral work CATAMORPHOSIS by Anna Thorvaldsdottir.
Frances-Hoad's compositional style has been described as "Intricate in argument, sometimes impassioned, sometimes mercurial, always compelling in its authority" (Robin Holloway, The Spectator) and Thinking I Hear Thee Call, commissioned by electric voice theatre, for the "Echoes from Essex - Minerva Scientifica" project is no exception. It was first performed by electric voice theatre signers Frances M Lynch and Margaret Cameron on August 24, 2020 in the "Soundings from Essex" Series online.
Read our interview with Anna Thorvaldsdottir about CATAMORPHOSIS, premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic and conducted by Kirill Petrenko on January 29, 2021. The piece was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and will receive its UK premiere in 2022.
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The Ivors Composer Awards presentation is in association with BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music, with live broadcast coverage from the awards on BBC Radio 3 on December 8.