Winners Announced for the Ivors Composer Awards 2019

Composer Anna Meredith, winner of the Innovation Award (Photo: Mark Allen)

Winners Announced for the Ivors Composer Awards 2019

Awards made in thirteen categories at a ceremony at the British Museum.

The Ivors Academy (formerly the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) has announced the winners of the Ivors Composer Awards for 2019.

Formerly known as the British Composer Awards, there were thirteen categories including orchestral, chamber ensemble, jazz composition for large ensemble, and sound art.

Among the winners, announced at a ceremony at the British Museum last night (4 Dec.), were jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd for her work Jumping In, Charlotte Harding for her community project Convo, Lau accordionist Martin Green for his sound art work Aeons: A Sound Walk for Newcastle, Gavin Higgins for his trombone concerto The Book of Miracles, and Charlotte Bray for her chamber work Invisible Cities for viola and piano.

Anna Meredith won the award for Innovation and Erika Fox was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Commenting on the awards, Crispin Hunt, Chair of the Ivors Academy, said:

It is a privilege for the Ivors Academy to honour these exceptional composers, and we’re especially delighted to have so many first-time winners this year. The works recognised today – and the creators behind them – adventure far into the evolving musical landscape. We’re thrilled to award such a rich variety of talent. 

See the full list of winners below. For more, visit

The Ivors Composer Awards 2019 – Winners

Amateur or Young Performers
The Salamander and The Moonraker by Edward Gregson

Chamber Ensemble
Flute Concerto by Dai Fujikura

Pocket Universe by Geoff Hannan

Community or Educational Project
Convo by Charlotte Harding

Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble
Jumping In by Laura Jurd

Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble
There is a Crack in Everything by Alison Rayner

The Book of Miracles (Trombone Concerto) by Gavin Higgins


Small Chamber
Leafleoht by James Weeks

Solo or Duo
Invisible Cities by Charlotte Bray

Sound Art
Aeons: A Sound Walk for Newcastle by Martin Green 

Stage Works
Harriet (‘Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman’) by Hilda Paredes

Anna Meredith MBE

Lifetime Achievement
Erika Fox



Published on 5 December 2019

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