Everyone at the Hallé is thrilled to congratulate Dobrinka Tabakova, our Artist in Residence 2022-23, on winning her Ivor Novello Award!

Dobrinka’s work was recognised at the Ivor’s Classical Awards on 14th November for the Best Community and Participation Composition in association with ABRSM. This award celebrates works composed for voluntary, amateur or youth performers and/or community engagement.

Dobrinka’s winning commission, Swarm Fanfares, was written specifically for the Hallé Youth Orchestra. It was premiered in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 5th March 2023 by the Hallé Youth Orchestra conducted by Delyana Lazarova. Starting from a seemingly-unstructured creative swarm of sound, the piece both challenged and inspired our young players, who loved the opportunity to work with Dobrinka and bring her piece to life.

The 8-minute piece is published in the UK by Valonius Press-Schott Music Limited.

Congratulations Dobrinka!