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Patch William up for Ivor
Category : Music
Article Post Date: Thursday 22.04.2010

By Press Association Reporter

A group of virtual unknowns championed on Twitter by Stephen Fry will battle it out with chart star Lily Allen for a top songwriting award, it was announced today.

Patch William - formed by four ex-Bristol University students - are nominated for 'best song musically and lyrically’ at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards.

Also up for the title are The Leisure Society who last year were nominated for the same prize as unpublished musicians, while songwriter/guitarist Nick Hemming worked in a warehouse.

Another category sees a cult - but celebrated - concept album about cricket by erstwhile Divine Comedy star Neil Hannon.  The Duckworth Lewis Method - named after a controversial method for calculating cricket scores -was released last year by Hannon and Pugwash frontman Thomas Walsh, and faces Paolo Nutini’s Sunny Side Up and Dizzee Rascal’s Tongue N’Cheek on the album shortlist.  Hannon said he and Walsh - who record under the same name as the album - were “politely jubilant” to have been nominated.  “What joy! What honour! Our hippopotomously titled debut album really was as fun to make as it sounds. And it is to the eternal credit of this August, nay, July institution that 'a record about cricket' should be afforded the same opportunities as its less niche compatriots,” he added.

Patch William - up against Allen’s The Fear and Leisure Society’s Save It For Someone Who Cares -have been nominated for their track The Last Bus, released as a single this week.

The band said: “We are a relatively unknown band on an independent label. When we recently signed with Chrysalis Music, we looked starry-eyed at the two Ivor Novello statues at the entrance. Not in our wildest dreams did we imagine that we'd be nominated.”

Nominees for the best contemporary song category, one of the key awards, are Dizzee Rascal with chart-topping festival favourite Bonkers, La Roux’s In For The Kill and Daniel by Bat For Lashes.
The prizes recognise the best songwriters and composers of the past year and are voted by writers themselves.
The 55th annual awards will be handed out at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on May 20.

Nominations for Patch William and The Leisure Society - whose work is available mainly through download - demonstrates the changing nature of the music industry.
And to take account other new areas for composers, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (Basca) - which organises the event - has introduced a new category for video game scores.

Basca director Mark Fishlock said: “The video games market has matured beyond recognition and big budget orchestral scores are regularly being commissioned.”
Patrick Rackow, chief executive of Basca said: “The strength and diversity of the works nominated this year is a testament to the talent and range of British music writers.  “It’s great to see a mix of established and new writers, and I would like to thank this year's judges for all of their hard work.”

Full list of nominees for the 55th Ivor Novello Awards:
:: Best contemporary song - Dizzee Rascal, Bonkers; Daniel, Bat For Lashes; In For The Kill - La Roux.
:: Best song musically & lyrically - Save It For Someone Who Cares, The Leisure Society; The Fear, Lily Allen; The Last Bus, Patch William
:: Best television soundtrack - Desperate Romantics;  Life; Red Riding 1974.
:: Album award - The Duckworth Lewis Method, The Duckworth Lewis Method; Sunny Side Up - Paolo Nutini; Tongue N’ Cheek, Dizzee Rascal.
:: PRS for music most performed work -
Broken Strings, James Morrison featuring Nelly Furtado; The Fear, Lily Allen; The Promise, Girls Aloud.
:: Best original film score -
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Skin; The Young Victoria.
:: Best original video game score - Empire: Total War; Killzone 2; Savage Moon: Waldgeist.

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