Michael Nyman wins Ivor Novello Award

Composer Michael Nyman received The Ivors Classical Award last night at Grosvenor House in London.

The award recognises the outstanding range and quality of his contribution to classical music repertoire over the past 30 years.

The Ivor Novello Awards are presented annually to British artists who have excelled at composition, either to celebrate a specific work, exceptional commercial achievements during the year or individual achievements throughout their career.

Last night's 56th Ivor Novello Awards recognised musicians from a variety of genres, including Stephen Sondheim, Dizzee Rascal and John Powell, composer of the soundtrack for How To Train Your Dragon.

Previous recipients of The Ivors Classical Music Award include John Tavener, Richard Rodney Bennett and Peter Maxwell Davies.