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Gareth Moorcraft receives Ivors award

Gareth Moorcraft's Diaries of the early worm won the solo/duo category at this year's Ivors Composers Awards. His piece which was premiered at the London International Festival of Early Music beat a strong field that included Harrison Birtwistle.

Now in their 18th year, The Ivors Composer Awards (formerly British Composer Awards)  nominated 53 works across eleven categories with over 50% by first-time nominees. Each category included a broad range of talent representing both established and emerging composers of all ages. This year’s nominations included composers such as Sally Beamish, Anne Dudley, Jonny Greenwood, Rachel Portman, Gabriel Prokofiev, Judith Weir and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Commenting on the news, Gareth said, 'I’m delighted to be recognised by the Ivors Composer Awards 2020! Congratulations to all my fellow winners and nominees and thank you to the Ivors Academy for continuing to support new music at this time. A special thanks to recorder player Tabea Debus too, for her fantastic performances and recording!'

Winners of Ivor Novello Awards at The Ivors Composer Awards were announced live on on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 1 December.

Ivors Academy website

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Ar hyn of bryd mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

Diaries of an early worm features on Tabea Debus:'s album Ohrwurm available from Delphian Records

Composer's programme note:

Diaries of the Early Worm was composed in 2019 for recorder virtuoso Tabea Debus. 


The work was premiered at the finals of the Moeck / Society of Recorder Players Solo Recorder Playing Competition at the London International Festival of Early Music. It has been performed regularly in Tabea Debus’s ‘Ode to an Earworm’ concert series, and was released as part of her recent album Ohrwurm on Delphian Records.


The idea of an ‘earworm’, a passage of music which continually repeats in the mind, was the main point of departure for this piece. I was writing this piece alongside a piano work Vida, which explores several melodies from Medieval Troubadour songs. Fragments from these melodies also play an important role in this new work, emerging out of a series of short, repetitive, often obsessive musical ideas which mirror our tendency to repeat catchy melodies in our head. 

The music of Gareth Moorcraft has been performed and broadcast internationally by leading ensembles including the Philharmonia, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Endymion, Chroma, Cellophony, the Britten-Pears Ensemble, and Sinfonia Cymru. 

Recent highlights include a new large-ensemble work Cycles, composed for UPROAR’s 10 x 10 project for composers in Wales, and an ongoing collaboration with recorder virtuoso Tabea Debus, for whom Gareth will compose a new concerto in 2020/21.

Gareth is regularly commissioned by festivals in the UK and recordings of his work have been released by NMC Recordings and Delphian Records. He is the recipient of the prestigious RPS Composition Prize, the Ty Cerdd  Composition Prize, and the BASCA British Composer Awards Student Prize.

Gareth is a lecturer and researcher at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

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