Choral composer John Rutter has been awarded the Academy Fellowship, the highest honour bestowed by the Ivors Academy. The Fellowship will be celebrated at The Ivors Classical Awards which take place on 14 November 2023 at BFI Southbank in London.
Rutter’s hymns, anthems and much-celebrated Christmas carol arrangements are performed by professional and amateur choirs all over the world, and have featured in such landmark occasions as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the two most recent royal weddings and the Coronation of King Charles III earlier this year. Rutter previously received an Ivor Novello award in 2007 at the Academy’s songwriting ceremony, The Ivors, to recognise his outstanding contribution to classical music.
The Ivors Academy Fellowships recognise ‘excellence and impact in the art and craft of music creation’, and have been awarded to 24 musicians and composers since 2000. The current list of Fellows includes John Adams, Sir Malcolm Arnold, John Barry, Don Black, Pierre Boulez, Kate Bush, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Peter Gabriel, Sir Barry Gibb, Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tim Rice, Judith Weir and Sting.