Saxophonist Tori Freestone is among the 12 Ivor Novello Awards winners at this year's Ivors Composer Awards. It was a Freestone first time win at the awards which were presented last night at the British Museum. The saxist won in the Jazz Ensemble category for her work 'Birds Of Paradise' which was premiered by pianist Alcyona Mick at last year's London Jazz Festival.
'Birds of Paradise' was inspired by birdsong during the pandemic. The Ivors jury comments noted that the work is ''rhythmically alluring, energetic and brilliantly performed”. The awards will be broadcast during BBC 3's New Music Show on Saturday night at 10pm.
The other winners spanning classical and sound art were:
Chamber Ensemble – Brett Dean for 'Madame ma bonne sœur'
Choral – Joanna Marsh for 'All Shall Be Well'
Community and Participation – Liz Dilnot Johnson for 'When A Child Is A Witness – Requiem For Refugees'
Large Ensemble – Cheryl Frances-Hoad for 'Scenes From The Wild'
Orchestral – Rebecca Saunders for 'to an utterance'
Small Chamber – Laurence Crane for 'Natural World'
Sound Art – Hannah Conway for The Sound Voice Project: 'Paul, I Left My Voice Behind' and 'Tanja'
Stage Works – Thomas Adès for 'Dante'
Academy Fellowship – Judith Weir
Outstanding Works Collection – Sir George Benjamin
Innovation Award – Talvin Singh
Tori Freestone, photo: via the Ivors