(L-R: Dario Marianelli; Martin Phipps & presenter, Goldie)

Two NFTS Composing MA graduates, Dario Marianelli and Martin Phipps won coveted Ivor Novello awards (The Ivors) last night, which took place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London and were hosted by Paul Gambaccini. NFTS alumni now have an impressive 13 Ivor Novello awards between them! 

The Ivors were created by BASCA [British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors] to celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing. The awards are unique in specifically honouring the UK songwriting and composing community and are exclusively judged by songwriters and composers.

Dario Marianelli won in the ‘Best Original Film Score’ category for Kubo and The Two Strings and has now received three Ivor Novello awards, previously winning for Atonement and Anna Karenina. Dario has also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Atonement and has many other awards for his compositions.

Martin Phipps won in the ‘Best TV Soundtrack’ category for War and Peace and this is incredibly his fifth Ivor Novello award! He has previously won for The Virgin Queen; Oliver Twist; The Shadow Line and The Honourable Woman. Martin has won two BAFTA TV awards for Best Original Music for Small Island and Wallander and has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy awards.

For more information about the NFTS Composing MA, pleases visit www.nfts.co.uk/composing