The Ivors Composer Awards 2020 | NYJO Alumn Charlie Bates Wins Best “Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble”

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NYJO Alumn, Charlie Bates, wins Ivors Composer Award for "Crepuscule" recorded with NYJO back in Sept '19.

The Ivors Composer Awards celebrates the best new works by UK composers writing for classical, jazz and sound art.

Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, an Ivor Novello Award represents peer recognition with categories judged by those within the UK music creator community.

The Ivors Composer Awards celebrate works that are composed by a UK born or ordinarily resident composer and received a UK premiere performance, either live or broadcast, between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

After the nominations were announced on Tuesday 3 November, the winners were finally revealed on Tuesday 1 December as part of a two-hour ceremony broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio 3, which you can listen to here!

Charlie Bates on Ivor Novello Award nominated piece Crepuscule

Crepuscule is essentially a posh word for twilight – when the sun’s gone down but there’s some residual light left over – and I tried to capture this image musically, using different harmonic concepts, different colours, different textures and different techniques that I hadn’t really used too much before. It was really fun to do, and it was even more fun to have it played by a variety of bands since, including the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who premiered it in April 2019.”

Charlie Bates

Charlie became NYJO’s first ever Composer chair-holder, working on a variety of projects throughout 2019. The now award-winning track “Crepuscule” was recorded at AIR Studios (North London) during NYJO’s recording sessions for soon-to-be-released album, “She Said“, which sets out to champion a host of expressive female voices, across multiple generations.

The Ivors Composer Awards 2020 | NYJO Alumn Charlie Bates Wins Best “Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble”

Massive congrats again from everyone in the NYJO family! Keep your eyes peeled for release details for Charlie and NYJO’s recording of “Crepuscule”, which will be available VERY SOON!

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