A matinee idol of the stage, Ivor Novello went on to duplicate that same success when he pursued a film career, becoming at one time Britain's most popular male movie star. Born in Cardiff, Wales as D...
("Waltz of My Heart" "Nuts iin May" "And Her MOther Came Too" "What a Duke Should Be" "Glamorous Night" "The Land of Might-Have-Been" "I Can Give You the Starlight" "Why Isn't It You" "Keep the Home Fires Burning" "The Way It's Meant to Be")
Rihanna has recruited fellow hitmaker Emeli Sande to create songs for her next album. The Next To Me singer revealed she is developing new tunes for Rihanna on the red carpet at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday (22May14).
The project will coincide with Rihanna's latest movie, the animated Home. Sande said, "I've been writing for Rihanna's new movie, which has been incredible." Rihanna is reportedly developing a concept album based on the 3D film, which also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.
Christine Mcvie has confirmed she's a full-time member of Fleetwood Mac again after conquering her fear of flying. The keyboard player and singer quit the band in 1998 and became a virtual recluse in England, but she reunited with her former bandmates onstage at the O2 Arena in London last year (13) and, at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday (22May14), she announced she has rejoined as a permanent member.
The 70 year old is planning to return to the studio with Stevie Nicks and her other bandmates to record new material and she told reporters, "I can announce that I have rejoined Fleetwood Mac. We are in the process of recording another album which should be out next year and we will tour Europe."
McVie, who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos, also revealed she's no longer nervous about travelling overseas thanks to a therapist who "taught me how to fly".
Fleetwood Mac star Christine Mcvie and The Specials founder Jerry Dammers have been honoured with distinctions at the 2014 Ivor Novello songwriting awards in London. McVie was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 59th annual event, while Free Nelson Mandela hitmaker Dammers, dubbed "the Tsar of ska" by presenter Mick Jones, picked up the Inspiration Award.
Musician and producer Nile Rodgers enjoyed his second honour in as many days - he claimed the Ivors' International Award a day after old pal Simon Le Bon surprised the Chic star with the Legends Award at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza on Wednesday (21May14).
Jimmy Page handed the Outstanding Contribution prize to fellow British guitar great Jeff Beck, while Mumford & Sons walked away with the award for International Achievement, and Tom Odell was named Songwriter of the Year.
The ceremony was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
The full list of winners at the Ivor Novello Awards is:
Most Performed Work - Let Her Go by Passenger
The Ivors Classical Music Award - John McCabe
Best Television Soundtrack - Ripper Street by Dominik Scherrer
Best Contemporary Song - Retrograde by James Blake
International Achievement - Mumford & Sons
Best Original Film Score - The Epic Of Everest
The Ivors Inspiration Award - Jerry Dammers
Album Award - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Outstanding Contribution To British Music - Jeff Beck
Best Song Musically And Lyrically - Strong by London Grammar
Songwriter Of The Year - Tom Odell
Outstanding Song Collection - The Chemical Brothers
Lifetime Achievement - Christine McVie
Special International Award - Nile Rodgers.
British rockers Arctic Monkeys are hoping to crown a triumphant 12 months by landing one of the biggest prizes in music after their acclaimed record Am was nominated for Best Album at the U.K.'s Ivor Novello awards. The group's fifth disc missed out on the Mercury Prize last year (13), but it won the British Album of the Year honour at the BRIT Awards in February (14).
It also ranked highly in a number of end-of-year music polls in 2013, and was named NME magazine's best album of the year.
Now it has emerged the record is on the shortlist for a prestigious Ivor Novello award, lining up against Sing to the Moon by newcomer Laura Mvula and Push the Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for Best Album.
British singer John Newman has earned his first nomination in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category for his single Love Me Again, which will go up against tracks by bands Palma Violets and London Grammar.
Scottish singer Emeli Sande is nominated once again after scooping two awards at the 2013 prizegiving - her single Clown will compete against Olly Murs' Troublemaker and Let Her Go by Passenger in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work category.
The ceremony, which honours excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing, will take place in London on 22 May (14).
Acclaimed British jazz pianist Stan Tracey has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 86. The sad news was announced in a post on the official Stan Tracey Appreciation page on Facebook.com on Friday (06Dec13).
The message, posted online by his relative Ben Tracey, reads: "It is with deepest regret that I must announce the death of Stan Tracey... today, at the age of 86. After a struggle with illness, he passed away having recently celebrated his 70 year professional career as a jazz pianist/composer.
"He is survived by a family who love him, and will miss him profoundly. His legacy is the generations of musicians young and old, past and future who have his influential example to look to. Many thanks to all those who have shown him such love and support over these many years."
Tracey, who has been hailed as the godfather of British jazz, started his career as an accordion player during World War II.
He then switched to the piano and performed with the Ted Heath band and served as the house pianist at London's iconic Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club for six years from 1959.
The musician received several awards throughout his career, including a lifetime achievement accolade at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2002 and the first Ivor Novello award for jazz in 2012.
He was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1986 and was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2008.
Paying tribute to Tracey on Twitter.com, jazz star Jamie Cullum writes, "He played like a demon right up until his last days on earth as an Eightysomething (sic)."
British singer Ed Sheeran hands out his slew of top trophies to close friends because he is too embarrassed to put them on display. The flame-haired pop star has won a clutch of honours, including two BRIT awards and an Ivor Novello statuette, but the modest star refuses to put them on show.
He tells Britain's Daily Star, "There are only so many (awards) you can put out on the wall without looking like a d**he bag. So I prefer for my friends to celebrate my success as well and have it in their living room. All of my friends have them."
Scottish singer Emeli Sande was the toast of Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello awards on Thursday (16May13) after scooping two top honours. The star's hit track Next To Me saw off competition from Bat for Lashes' Laura and Two Fingers by Jake Bugg to be named Best Song Musically and Lyrically, and the tune also landed the PRS for Music Most Performed Work prize, which featured Coldplay and Olly Murs on the shortlist.
It was also a big day for DJ Calvin Harris as he was named Songwriter of the Year at the bash, and for Noel Gallagher, who was the recipient of the Outstanding Song Collection nod.
During the ceremony, held at London's Grosvenor House hotel, The Maccabees landed Best Contemporary Song for their hit Pelican, and the Album Award went to Alt-J for An Awesome Wave.
Keira Knightley's Anna Karenina was also honoured - the period drama bagged the Best Original Film Score over Dr Seuss's The Lorax and Plan-B's gritty drama Ill Manors, while Best Television Soundtrack went to Lucian Freud: Painted Life.
Special awards went to Bush star Gavin Rossdale (International Achievement), Marc Almond (The Ivors Inspiration Award), Randy Newman (PRS for Music Special International Award), and Errollyn Wallen MBE (The Ivors Classical Music Award), while Moody Blues founder Justin Hayward was named the recipient of the PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Scottish singer Emeli Sande will be among the competitors at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello awards next month (May13) after receiving two top nominations. The star's track Next To Me is up for Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the 58th annual ceremony, alongside Bat for Lashes (Laura) and Jake Bugg (Two Fingers).
The song will also compete in the Most Performed Work category with stiff competition from Coldplay's Paradise and Dance With Me Tonight by British pop star Olly Murs.
Mercury Prize winners Alt-J and hip-hop star Plan B have also racked up a pair of nominations each at this year's (13) Ivor Novellos, which recognise excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing.
The trophies will be handed out in London on 16 May (13).
The music writer passed away at his home on Tuesday (21Sep10). His cause of death was not known as WENN went to press.
Burgon's most well-known pieces formed the soundtrack for the 1981 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, starring Jeremy Irons - and earned him a prestigious Ivor Novello award.
He also penned music for films including Monty Python's Life Of Brian and The Chronicles of Narnia, as well as for cult sci-fi show Doctor Who.
James Rushton, of his publishers Chester Music, says, "Geoffrey Burgon was one of very few composers in recent times whose music has truly touched the hearts of the international public."
He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Krofchak and their son Daniel, as well as two children from a previous marriage.
Told from the perspective of one innocent maid Mary Macearchran (Kelly MacDonald) the story starts as she arrives at the magnificent country estate of Gosford Park. On this particular weekend host Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) have invited an eclectic group to the house for a shooting party. The guests include Sylvia's two sisters (Geraldine Somerville Natasha Wightman) their respective loser husbands (Charles Dance Tom Hollander) her cantankerous aunt Constance (Maggie Smith) for whom Mary works British matinee idol Ivor Novello (Jeremy Northam) and his American friend Morris Weisman (Bob Balaban) a film producer who makes Charlie Chan movies. As the upper-crust guests bicker about money and power the ranks of house servants personal maids and valets below make sure their charges are well taken care of under the guidance of the head butler Jennings (Alan Bates) head housekeeper Mrs. Wilson (Helen Mirren) and head cook Mrs. Croft (Eileen Atkins). Through Mary's eyes we see that the glamour of the upstairs patrons and the seeming precision downstairs are not all they seem. The two worlds are destined to collide and when they do it leads to only one thing--murder.
One of the joys of an Altman movie is his uncanny ability to take a huge ensemble cast of really good actors and carve out a film from their personal stories. This style can also work to the film's detriment however and in Gosford Park the mostly British cast melds together almost too well. Often you can't even tell who's who. Still with all the talent involved there are at least a few bright moments: Smith as the wisecracking Constance an old lady who's very used to being waited on hand and foot gets all the best lines and delivers them flawlessly and veteran actress Mirren is also brilliant as the staunch Mrs. Wilson. She turns in one of the film's only heartbreaking scenes as her character grieves for the son she gave away long ago in the name of servitude. Also good are MacDonald as the young Mary Clive Owen as the valet Robert Parks who carries more than just a chip on his shoulder and Emily Watson as the headstrong chief housemaid Elsie. Northam too shows off his musical abilities as the suave piano-playing singing Novello. The rest all blend together except unfortunately the two American actors--Balaban comes off as annoying and Ryan Phillippe playing an actor pretending to be Morris' valet is in way over his head.
Interestingly the film is taken from a story idea dreamt up by Altman and Balaban. One wonders if perhaps the two were inspired to create Park after watching an episode of the classic '70s British television drama Upstairs Downstairs which was about a wealthy British household whose servant class had just as many dramas as the people they served (hmm sounds familiar). Sure it's conceivable that two Americans sitting around talking about making a distinctly British movie (and a period piece to boot) could pull it off and with a tremendous talent like Altman attached you'd think it would work. But Park misses the mark. The Altman-esque qualities are all there--the way he interweaves his characters' stories and shows real people with real emotions--but maybe just maybe Altman is simply out of his element. You enjoy the ride but it's not a ride through appealing territory and you're definitely watching from the window as the characters live a life you never really become a part of.
Reprised stage role in film version of "Glamorous Night"
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock in "The Lodger"
Enrolled at Oxford on music scholarship
Worked briefly as a piano teacher
Wrote lyrics for the feature "Elstree Calling"
Starred in "The Bohemian Girl" which catapulted him to prominence as a matinee idol
Composed one of the most popular songs of WWI, "Keep the Home Fires Burning"
Produced the film "Lovers in Araby"
Film acting debut in "Call of the Blood/L'Appel du sang", directed by Louis Mercanton
Starred in and wrote the stage musical "Glamorous Night"
Last stage musical, "Gay's the Word"
Starred in and wrote "I Lived with You"
With Constance Collier, wrote the play "The Rat"
Adapted play "The Rat" into feature film; first of ten movies with Gainsborough Pictures
Enlisted as a pilot in the Royal Naval Air Service
Penned the screenplay for "Free and Easy"
Wrote script and composed score for the film version "The Dancing Years"
Wrote the stage musical "The Dancing Years"
First English film, "Carnival"
Co-wrote the screenplay of "Tarzan, the Ape Man"
Second film with Hitchcock, "Downhill"
Did the libretto for the stage musical "Perchance to Dream"
Starred on stage in the Noel Coward play "Sirocco"
Cast opposite Mae Marsh in "The White Rose", helmed by D.W. Griffith
A matinee idol of the stage, Ivor Novello went on to duplicate that same success when he pursued a film career, becoming at one time Britain's most popular male movie star. Born in Cardiff, Wales as David Ivor Davies adopted his mother's maiden name as his stage name. (His mother, Clara Novello Davies, was a noted musician and singing teacher.) As early as age three, the youngster exhibited his singing abilities and by age ten was attending Magdalen College at Oxford on a music scholarship. When he left Oxford at age 16, Novello briefly taught piano in London, but within a year enjoyed his first success as a songwriter. Over the next few years, he eked out a living penning ditties until the outbreak of World War I when his patriotic song "Keep the Home Fires Burning" became an overnight hit, earning its composer-lyricist a small fortune. During the War, Novello made his theatrical debut providing more than a dozen songs for the 1913 revue "Theodore & Co." (Jerome Kern contributed four additional numbers.)