Charlotte’s work Invisible Cities, for viola and piano, has won an Ivor Novello Award in the Solo or Duo category.
The piece was commissioned by Verbier Festival and written for Lawrence Power and Julien Quentin who gave the premiere in July 2012. The work was recently recorded by Barbara Buntrock and Huw Watkins for Charlotte’s second CD on the RTF Classical Label.
Seen and Heard International said of the latest performance of the work: “Barbara Buntrock and Huw Watkins gave a performance full of nervous energy. Its first movement of four, marked ‘vivid, frenetic’, certainly proved vividly variegated, opening with memorable contrast and synthesis – I think – of post-Schoenbergian harmonies with jazzy-Gallic syncopation. ‘Unnerved, intimate’ is the marking for the second movement and so again it proved, with an intangible yet unquestionable sense of development from its predecessor. Buntrock truly dug into the strings, preparing the way for what I hope it is not too Romantic to describe as organically developing third and four movements, the latter climactic in both anticipated and unanticipated ways. Piano repeated notes offered counterpoint according to various understandings, viola harmonics seemingly generative of new yet related material, music and performance (piano and pizzicato viola) eventually fading into nothing.”
The Ivors Composer Awards recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists to promote the art of composition in contemporary classical, jazz and sound art.
Since 2003, they have been recognising exceptional talent in classical, jazz and sonic art composition. For the last 15 years, the awards were known as the British Composer Awards, but from 2019 they are The Ivors Composer Awards.
As an award presented by fellow composers and songwriters to their peers, an Ivor Novello Award is a uniquely authentic and respected recognition of craft. The Academy holds a public call for entries and all eligible submissions are reviewed by juries specifically appointed by the Academy.
The Ivors Composer Awards are sponsored by PRS for Music. The event is in association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage.