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The Ivors
The Ivors at the British Music Experience

In the run up to the 57th Awards on Thursday 17 May 2012, and following their success in 2011, The Ivors - in association with the British Music Experience - were delighted to once again host a series of masterclasses.

A masterclass with Don Black OBE
Tuesday 8 May 2012, 7.30pm to 9pm

Don Black OBE is a highly acclaimed Oscar winning lyricist. His works have included numerous musicals, movie themes and hit songs. Black has won five Ivor Novello Awards, he is a former Chairman of BASCA and in 2009 was awarded the BASCA Fellowship.

Black's movie credits include the themes for many James Bond films, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. In collaboration with composer John Barry, he wrote the title song for the 1966 film Born Free, which won the Oscar for Best Song. He also collaborated with Barry on Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves.

He has worked with Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Charles Aznavour and has had two US number one hits, Michael Jackson's Ben and Lulu's To Sir, with Love.

A masterclass with John Rutter CBE
Wednesday 7 March 2012, 7.30pm to 9pm

John Rutter was presented with The Ivors Classical Music Award in 2007.

He has written large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children's operas and music for television. His choral works have been performed many times in Britain and worldwide. His music is published by Oxford University Press, Hinshaw Music Inc. and Collegium Music Publications.

In 1980 he was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and in 1988 a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. In 1996 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him in recognition of his contribution to church music. He was awarded a CBE in the 2007 Queen's New Year Honours List.

A masterclass with George Fenton
Thursday 12 April 2012, 7.30pm to 9pm

George Fenton was made a Fellow of BASCA in 2007.

He has written extensively for film and television. His film scores include Gandhi, Groundhog Day and The Madness of King George. His long term collaboration with director Ken Loach began in 1994 and includes scores for The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Looking For Eric and Route Irish. His television work includes The Jewel In The Crown, The History Man and The Monocled Mutineer.

His score for Blue Planet won an Ivor Novello Award, BAFTA and Emmy for Best Television Score and Planet Earth was awarded an Emmy and Classical Brit.

As well as his six Ivor Novello Awards and his many BAFTA's, he has been nominated five times for an Academy Award and twice for a Grammy. He was awarded the Nina Rota prize at Venice and a Lifetime Achievement award by the Royal Television Society. He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Music.

These events were in support of the British Music Experience's charitable mission to advance the education and appreciation of the art, history and science of music in Britain.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing. They are presented by BASCA and judged by the writing community and are amongst the most prestigious awards for songwriters and composers.



Don Black OBE

Don Black OBE


John Rutter CBE

John Rutter


George Fenton

George Fenton


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