Peter Bacon reports:
Laura Jurd and Alison Rayner were among the award winners in this year’s Ivors Composers Awards, (formerly the British Composer Awards) announced last night at a ceremony at the British Museum.
Here are the relevant paragraphs from the Ivors’ press release:
This year’s youngest winner, Laura Jurd won with Jumping In for Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble. Taking inspiration from the likes of American banjo and rock n roll, the piece makes use of collective improvisation to achieve various sonic textures as well as shining a spotlight on featured soloists as the piece develops.
The Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble was won by Alison Rayner’s There is a Crack in Everything, written for her niece who cycled the hills and lochs of Scotland looking for a crack of light. The rhythm of cycling up hills, freewheeling down, the sound of the spokes and clicks of the gears.
The Ivors Composer Awards 2019 Winners:
AMATEUR OR YOUNG PERFORMERS
The Salamander and The Moonraker by Edward Gregson
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
Leafleoht by James Weeks
SOLO OR DUO
Invisible Cities by Charlotte Bray
Aeons: A Sound Walk for Newcastle by Martin Green
Harriet (‘Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman’) by Hilda Paredes
Anna Meredith MBE
LINK: The Ivors Academy