The Ivors Composer Awards 2022: Announcing winners

The Ivors Composer Awards 2022: Announcing winners

Announcing The Ivors Composer Awards 2022

The Ivors Academy announced the winners at The Ivors Composer Awards 2022 on the 15th of November 2022. The Ivors Composer Awards celebrate the best new music in classical, jazz and sound art at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.

12 composers are winners of this year’s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards. The ceremony took placce on the 15th of November and was sponsored by PRS for Music and hosted and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on the 19th of November 2022.

The Ivors Composer Awards 2022: 3 composers honoured for their contribution to music

Three composers were honoured for their contributions to music.

  • The Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection was presented in association with the the Music Publishers Association to Sir George Benjamin. The Ivors Academy said of his work

    consistent beauty, complexity and colour of his compositions is outstanding.

    Sir George Benjamin - Askonas Holt

    Sir George Benjamin – Askonas Holt

  • The Fellowship of The Ivors Academy  was presented to Judith Weir who became the first female Master of the Queen’s Music in 2014
  • The Ivor Novello Innovation Award was presented in association with the Musicians’ Union to  virtuoso tabla player, percussionist, producer and composer Talvin Singh (Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music).

The Ivors Composer Awards 2022: Nine composers won in the 9 categories:

As well as the 3 composers honoured for their contributions to music, The Ivors Composer Awards 2022 reveals the list of nominees and winners for the nine categories of the Ivors Composer Awards 2022, namely:

  • Chamber Ensemble: Which nominee took the award? Aesop 2 composed by Robin Haigh, Essential relaxing classical hits by Laurence Osborn, Madame Ma Bonne soeur by Brett Dean, Music for Bosch people composed by Alex Paxton, or the Big House by Oliver Leith?
  • Choral: Who won? The intriguing A Short Story Of Falling or the hopeful All Shall Be Well both by Joanna Marsh, Ken Hesketh’s reflective Carmina Tempore Viri (Songs In Time Of Virus), Seascapes composed by Kristina Arakelyan or There Is No Rose by Cecilia McDowall?
  • Community and Participation (in association with ABRSM): Daylighting composed by Louise Drewett, Isle Of Sound composed by Emily Peasgood, Something Exciting composed by Derri Joseph Lewis, The Selfish Giant composed by John Barber or When a Child Is A Witness – Requiem For Refugees composed by Liz Dilnot Johnson
  • Jazz Ensemble: 22:22 composed by Dan Mar-Molinero, Birds of Paradise composed by Tori Freestone, Cwmwl Tystion II – Riot! Suite composed by Tomos Williams, Plant Based Patterns composed by David De La Haye or To Love Itself composed by Alex Hitchcock
  • Large Ensemble: Candyfolk Space-Drum composed by Alex Paxton, Concerto Grosso by Joe Cutler, Houses Slide by Laura Bowler, Scenes From The Wild composed by Cheryl Frances-Hoad or Sleeptalker composed by Robin Haigh
  • Orchestral: À Mon Seul Désir composed by Brian Irvine, Acts Of waves composed by Edmund Finnis, Concerto For Orchestra composed by George Benjamin, Litanies composed by Julian Anderson or To An Utterance composed by Rebecca Saunders
  • Small Chamber: Who won of Corale composed by Benjamin Graves, Fantaisie Di Strani E Dolci Misteri Della Parola composed by James Weeks, Natural World composed by Laurence Crane, Rosalind by Hannah Kendall or This Unquiet Autumn composed by Lara Agar
  • Sound Art: Beacons by Emily Peasgood, Down Gone by Una Lee, Earthquake Mass Re-Imagined by Kathy Hinde, The Mute Still Air by Ed Carter, The Sound Voice Project: Paul, I Left My Voice Behind, Tanja by Hannah Conway

Head to their website to find out the list of winners is outlined on the Ivors Composer Awards 2022 page as well as a link to find out more and listen to each nominee’s music.


Saturn Saturn Saturn release long-awaited The Void EP

Saturn Saturn Saturn release long-awaited The Void EP

The void EP is out exclusively 11th of Nov

Saturn Saturn Saturn release long-awaited The Void EP - Ben CapperEnglish band Saturn Saturn Saturn release long-awaited new release The Void EP. Saturn Saturn Saturn is Liverpool UK based solo artist and indie rock stalwart Ben Capper.

Following on from the global indie radio airplay and streaming success of recent singles such as ‘The State We’re In‘ and ‘Maybe Someday‘, 2022 saw Ben take to the studio to work on a new collection of songs, which has become The Void EP and will be released on Bandcamp exclusively on 11th November, with a wider streaming release a week later on 18th November.

The Void EP – lead single ‘Don’t Ever Change

The release of The Void is preceded by a lead single ‘Don’t Ever Change‘, a love song to a home town and also features four more songs written and recorded from Autumn 2021 onwards. The Void EP explores our troubled and divided culture taking influences from the likes of indie and punk rock legends Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine, Built to Spill, Spoon, The Besnard Lakes, Mogwai, Sugar / Bob Mould, Pavement and Fugazi.

The Void EP – the message

From social media shock jocks, to populist governments; our time is blighted by people seemingly going to extraordinary lengths to make people’s lives harder and worse. The Void calls out those people whose divisive rhetoric seems to them like a brave new way of communicating, but is in fact just the same old fascistic nonsense we thought we’d rejected as a society, a generation ago:

“There’s a void at the heart of your thinking.
Nothing new: your poisonous dream.”

(The Void)

The Void EP – a glimmer of hope amid the chaos

At times melancholic, the EP pleads with people to get back to understanding that, whatever our differences, “there’s such a thing as intrinsic human worth” (Getting By); and laments how people we have once cherished have been sucked into and radicalized by online ideological rabbit holes: “It makes me sad to see what’s happened to you, on your search for something true” (A Place to Belong).

As is Saturn Saturn Saturn’s way, there is a glimmer of hope amid the chaos, based on an inherent hope in humanity to overcome its divisions and the collective traumas of our age: “In my heart I know, when you feel so low, you’ve got to breathe, so you know.” (Breathe)


The Void EP – tracklist

The EP contains 5 tracks:

  1. The Void
  2. Don’t Ever Change
  3.  Getting By
  4. A Place to Belong
  5. Breathe

The Void is Saturn Saturn Saturn’s first full EP since its debut EP “Hope and Heartbreak” from 2020, and will be available from 11th November on Saturn Saturn Saturn’s Bandcamp page:

Saturn Saturn Saturn – Links

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Pangky Perks: An Interview with the music producer

Pangky Perks: An Interview with the music producer

Pangky Perks is a composer and music producer from Jakarta, Indonesia. The veteran musician artist has been working in the music industry since 2005. He has honed his craft, mostly working behind the scenes and was once one of the members of an EDM production. For the first time, Pangky Perks performs solo. The music artist gives music his all, releasing all his creative energy to produce energetic and vibrant music to accompany his audience on the dance floor.

1 In Music: Hi Pangky Perks.Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Let us start from the top. What do you think makes your music unique?

Pangky Perks [PP]: The music I make is uplifting music. It is built with a mix of bass and synthesizer. It encompasses big build ups and big drops. It all makes it unique and very suitable for playing in clubs or parties.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

PP: I have been playing music since I was young. I first learned to play the guitar at the age of 7. That’s when I first fell in love with music. I then joined Punk, Emo and metal bands. I dabbled in those different genres until finally, I made EDM music.

I am supported by fellow musicians and my family. My family encourages me to keep making music, especially my wife.

1 In Music: So, in all these stages of your music discover, at what point did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

PP: After I finished college, I started thinking about my options. It was between working as an employee and focusing on being a musician. Music is my passion and I could imagine being bored working in an office. I knew that working as a musician had many obstacles.

Uncertain income makes people rethink about becoming a musician. But music makes me happy and I have to keep going. What is the meaning of life if we are not happy? Happiness is the most important thing to me.

Music can pay the bill. Een though it’s not much, especially for musicians who are just starting over from scratch like me at least, it is enough. My choice, as you guess, was to remain as a musician. That’s where I started seriously my career in music.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

PP: I listen to various music. They vary from Pop, to Rock, to Metal, to EDM, depending on my mood. But lately, I’ve been listening to Porter Robinson a lot.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

Pangky Perks: For me, the most underrated artist is Phritz. Although he is not in the same genre as mine, I can still appreciate the fact that his songs and the way he composes the notes are extraordinary. He is not very well known unfortunately but he is definitely worth checking out.

1 In Music: And we will, thanks. How do you prepare for your performances?

PP: I try to relax by meditating, taking a hot shower and getting ready to make the world dance.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

PP: I keep thinking that maybe I will also become a photographer. Photography is my other passion besides making music.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

PP: Success for me is when I can continue to work in music and listeners like what I make. It’s all about persistence.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?


Don’t think too much and be afraid to move forward. Get rid of your fears. Act more boldly.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

PP: I am releasing my first single as a music producer and DJ. The single is entitled Recapture and I am dropping it on 11.11.2022.

1 In Music: Thank you for your time and for answering our questions. Last question: Where can we find your music?

PP: Instagram and and all music platform on 11/11/22

An interview with German music producer Limpid

An interview with German music producer Limpid

Limpid is a German music producer from Hamburg. He started composing on the piano and drums at an early age. His preference for electronic music followed shortly after. His tracks are produced with a penchant for detail and depth, combining different genres like House, Techno & Trance. 1 In Music meets the music producer.

Meeting Limpid

1 In Music: What is unique about your music?

Limpid [L]: The way I build my music is unique. Synthesizers merge with the wide surfaces of the pads and voices fit perfectly into the mix as the artist’s mouthpiece. Using my classical background, I combine melodies with the possibilities of modern electronic music.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

L: I learned to play my first instrument at an early age. Thanks to my musical family in which everyone plays an instrument or can sing (my siblings each play the piano, violin and flute), I was encouraged to make music at an early age. Already at the age of 4, I started to take piano lessons in the music city of Lübeck. Soon, I composed my own pieces and performed them. Growing up, I expanded my musical knowledge to the drums and percussion. I played several years for the Youth Symphony Orchestra, including at the Oriental Center in Shanghai. Shortly after, I began studying audio engineering at SAE in Hamburg, Germany, earning the SAE Diploma of Audio Engineering. Along the way, I started to play in the most famous venues in Hamburg. My family supported me every step of the way and helped me develop his music.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

L: After a year abroad in Australia where I gathered many impressions about my music, I realized that I wanted to focus on producing music and thus dedicate myself to my passion. So, after arriving in Germany I built my own first studio and produced my first song, Time V-Take.

Limpid and his music routines

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

Limpid: In my free time, I listen to electronic music like melodic techno, house but also hip hop and more relaxed songs. Artists like Boris Brejcha, Deadmau5 & Illenium are in my playlists since childhood.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

L: For me,the most underrated artist is Cargo. His electronic music and the worlds he builds with it are incredible. The way he combines different genres but always keeps his unique style is just unbelievable.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?


When I have a gig, there is always a routine. First I go to the gym in the morning. After that, I am focused and go through all the important steps of my set again. To relax afterwards, I improvise on the piano. When the time comes, my senses are sharpened and everything is ready to give the audience an unforgettable evening.

A little peek at Limpid’s creative mind…

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music and that you are passionate about?

L: When I am not making music, I turn to my second passion. This is cooking and sports. Cooking is always about creating something new with the ingredients and experimenting, which gives me joy every time. Sport is also part of it, to stay focused and fit in my life, which is essential to him.

1 In Music: Success to Limpid is…?


Success for Limpid is when a listener understands what he wants to express with his music and what he was thinking. It’s not about reaching a lot of people, it’s about reaching the people who can identify with his music and prepare a moment in which they feel comfortable.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

Limpid: The most important thing is probably to start simple. There is no single tip that can be given to beginners.

The important thing is to start and keep going. Find your style and don’t let others dissuade you from it.

What’s next for Limpid?

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects for Limpid?

L: releasing my 2nd standout single titled Bondage on 17.11.2022. A laidback Trance heater, it sits very much in that landscape of minimal trance-like beauty that builds with ever increasing emotional tension.

Spacious, translucent and dripping with melodic delights, Bondage is a brilliant example of when a classically trained musician steps up to the plate.

There are moments in Bondage where that inexorable climb to the pinnacle of dancefloor ecstasy and beyond will stay long in the memory of the mind body and soul. Wrap yourself in Bondage and lose yourself to the experience.

1 In Music: Where do we find you music?


An interview with Barbara TUCKER featuring the BCREW

An interview with Barbara TUCKER featuring the BCREW

1 In Music e-meets Barbara Tucker and the BCREW for a tête-à-tête with this powerhouse female group putting the Gospel in House Music.

What made you decide to join the BCREW and what would you like to see in the future for THE BCREW?

BARBARA TUCKER: The BCREW is an acronym for Barbara’s crew. Singers that I jam with. I love harmonies and the sisterhood of a harmonic sound with awesome singers. ❤️, The future that I would love to see for the BCREW. Festivals concert. People feeling Awakenings of love and power. & More recordings

DAWN TALLMAN: These ladies are my sisters whom I love & love to sing with, so it was a no brainier. It’s an honor to be a part of this sisterhood. “I see us touring & recording more. Spreading love to the world. I’m truly excited about what God is going to do for us.”

CHARLOTTE SMALL: Where I am in my life now, I think the BCREW is a sisterhood for me. There are all types of music in this world, but a lot of music today is not positive and uplifting. The BCREW strives to bring a positive message to the world and that is something that matters to me. That’s why I am here. My Dream for the BCREW is whatever God has planned for us. I trust in the Lord, and I know that Great Things are in store for the BCREW.

MITCH MATLOCK: I loved the BCrew because my friends were in it and some of us always sang BGV’s together. Being a part of the BCrew to Me is like a natural progression of what we have been doing for so many years already. I would like to see the BCrew Blow ALL THE WAY UP!!! All we need is a certified Billboard #1 hit-Calvin Harris, David Morales, Tiesto, …. yes, I love Soulful House and Traxsource, However, I’d like to see the BCrew expand beyond.

The BCREW’s music

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

The BCREW: THE BCREW is a group of Solo Singers that decided to get together with the direction of Barbara Tucker to spread the Gospel through House Music.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

The BCREW : THE BCREW has been shaped from all types of music like Gospel, R&B, Classical, House etc. The world supports our music.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

BARBARA TUCKER: I’m still wondering. … lol

MITCH MATLOCK: I always knew I’d be a singer. I was in a hip hop group rapping and even though I had verse to “spit”. I was the one who had to sing the hooks. I didn’t really have any confidence back then, so I started taking vocal lessons. My first professional gig was for a house artist named Lenny Walker. Because of my training I wound up arranging his background vocals both in the studio and on stage. That was the battery in my back. After Lenny Walker it was Faith Evans, then MJB…the rest as they say is history

DAWN TALLMAN: I realized at 5 years old as I sang my very first solo in church. While I was singing, I looked out into the congregation and saw happiness, tears & smiles. I knew I wanted to make music for the rest of my life.”

CHARLOTTE SMALL: I realized that I wanted to be a professional musician at a young age because that was the thing that made me most happy. Whether it was playing violin, singing, and especially now teaching. I enjoy what I do and am grateful to God that I am helping to teach and train the younger up and coming professional musicians.

Your type of music

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

Barbara Crew - founder of the BCREWBARBARA TUCKER: I like gospel, hymns, neo soul and house authentic house

DAWN TALLMAN: “I listen to all types of music. My playlist is very eclectic. It ranges from gospel to hiphop & anything else in between.”

CHARLOTTE SMALL: I listen to all types of music. Most of all I love orchestral music.

MITCH MATLOCK: I listen to Gospel, RnB, Hip Hop and Jazz mostly. I do listen to opera
occasionally if during my scan of stations, a voice strikes me.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?: BARBARA TUCKER: Not sure …. When u see how the industry is played … you see who and why … if that makes since.

DAWN TALLMAN: “I’ve never really looked at any artist as ‘undervalued’ “

MITCH MATLOCK: I believe there are a lot of artists who are undervalued. I have a whole list: David Hollister, Aaron Hall, Case, Christopher Williams, Donnell Jones and a whole host of others.

CHARLOTTE SMALL: I can’t answer that question honestly. In my opinion there are so many undervalued music artists.

Your Ways

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

BARBARA TUCKER: For me, rest is very important before a show. I would also do a workout and have some fresh ginger tea with Manuka honey. And meditate alone before I go on.

DAWN TALLMAN: “When preparing for a performance, I always make sure to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, practice & pray that God flows through me to bless the people I am singing to.

MITCH MATLOCK: I listen to the music and be quiet – drink tea, do my makeup, stress about whether I look fat, then go kill it.

CHARLOTTE SMALL: Practice, Practice, and practice again. Repetition in my opinion works

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?: BARBARA TUCKER: When I’m not doing music I love to write. I love tai chi. I work on my book as well

DAWN TALLMAN: Truth is My whole life revolves around music, but when I’m not doing music, I am with my children & my family. I am very passionate about my family.”

CHARLOTTE SMALL: I like the read and meditate on God’s word. That helps me in every aspect of my life.

MITCH MATLOCK: I’m a secretary in a school – I love working as opposed to not knowing how my rent will be paid. I am also a choir director, and a preacher. I Love Ministry. Outreach, Deliverance, Soul Reaching, Prayer and Fasting – I am passionate about church, yes, I am the church – but getting to the church house makes my week complete and begins it as well.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

BARBARA TUCKER: In music, success to me is being able to sustain yourself with the gift the Creator gave you and people getting the message I’m expressing.

DAWN TALLMAN: Success to me is being able to do what you love & are called to do. It’s not about the ‘lights camera action’ it’s about what you do after you get off the stage.

CHARLOTTE SMALL: Success to me is when I have worked hard, and I achieved the goals that I have set for myself. However, I believe that every day I am learning and am faced with new goals.

MITCH MATLOCK: Success to Me is being happy with what you are doing at any given moment.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?: PUT GOD FIRST!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you ladies!

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

The BCREW: We currently have a song out on Quantize Recordings called ‘Party Thang’ & an upcoming EP on the way!!”

1 In Music: Thank you so much for your time, ladies. One last question. Where can we find you music?

The BCREW: You will be able to find us on all platforms, Itunes, Traxsource, You Tube, Facebook, etc. In the meantime, for all other questions and bookings contact our manager James Germany or 917-295-8595

More about The BCREW

1 In Music interviews Barbara Tucker featuring The BCREWThe Bcrew was founded in 1997 by Barbara Tucker under the direction of Gladys Pizarro. The group consisted of Barbara Tucker, Dajae, Mone and newly signed artist Ultra Nate. They released on Strictly Rhythm Records Partay Feeling Produced by Erik Morillo and Written by Barbara Tucker. The song had much success and the girls traveled all over Europe Performing at venues such as The Ministry of Sounds and more. The girls went on to continue their solo careers. In the early 2000’s Barbara decided to revamp the Bcrew with some new singers with a different sound. The girls included, Dawn Tallman, Sabrynaah Pope and Charlotte Smalls. They recorded a banging track produced by Dj Pierre entitled Peacemaker for Tony Humphries label Yellow Orange Records. A year later Sabrynaah Pope passed away, a sad time for the group. The BCrew continued in between their own solo projects to perform. Fast forward to 2021 the Bcrew has teamed up again working on a EP under Barbara Tucker’s Record Label BStar Music Group. The members now are Barbara Tucker, Dawn Tallman, Mitch Matlock and Charlotte Smalls. These Divas are ready to give you some new music and great vocals and will be working with the likes of Dj Spen, Jose Burgos, Neil Pierce, Georgie Porgie, Eric Kupper, Terry Hunter, Michael Gray, Michele Chiavarini, Micky More and Andy Tee. And some of the writers for the project will be Barbara Tucker, Kenny Bobien and Duane Harden. The project will be Executive Produced by James Germany (Atwork Entertainment and Barbara Tucker (BStar Music Group). Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready. The mission of The BCrew is to touch, move and inspire globally of unity, hope and togetherness, always a song of love in the heart and out of the voice to THE WORLD.