Female Composer Nominated for Ivor Novello Award

by Melissa Silverstein on April 27, 2010

in Music

Here’s a topic that I don’t focus enough on: women who write music for films.  Suffice it to say there are not a lot of them. One of the most well known is Rachel Portman who was the first female to win an Academy Award for Emma in 1996.  Another one you should know about is my friend Laura Karpman who just composed a groundbreaking opera Ask Your Mama based on work of Langston Hughes and starring Jessye Norman.

This year Helene Muddiman could become the first woman in the 55 years of its existence to win the Ivor Novello Award for film for her score for Skin, the incredibly moving film about a dark skinned woman born to white parents in apartheid S. Africa.  Please check out my interview with Sandra Laing whom the film is based on.

So here’s another award that a woman has never won and by the way a woman hadn’t been nominated in this category for ten years.  Here’s the description of the award:

The Ivors continue to be acknowledged as the most widely coveted awards for British songwriters and composers in the world.

Here’s what Muddiman said about her nomination:

An Ivor Novello nomination is one that composers and songwriters are so honoured to receive because it is truly the greatest flattery to be voted for by one’s peers

The awards will be given out in London on May 20.

Hélène Muddiman in line to become first woman to win Ivor Novello award (The Guardian)

The Ivor Novello Awards


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Angela Garcia Combs April 28, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I just read your article about female composer’s and noticed your good friend (my composer!) Laura Karpman’s name. You may be interested to know that we just got our first review today for “Nothing Special” and it’s not just glowing, but the reviewer pays considerable homage to Laura’s great score in the film. It’s refreshing when attention is paid!

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