WINNERS ANNOUNCED OF
ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY [RPS] MUSIC AWARDS
The UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music
Presented in association with BBC Radio 3
The RPS Music Awards winners have been announced in London (10.30PM, Wednesday 9 May). The awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the most prestigious recognition for live classical music in the UK, and this year celebrate outstanding achievement in 2017. The list of winners, chosen by independent juries from across the music profession, shows the extraordinary variety of outstanding music making in the UK, from internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists to a people’s opera for thousands in Yorkshire and an East End ‘song crawl’.
Tenor Allan Clayton, conductor Vladimir Jurowski and pianist Igor Levit were amongst big name winners.
Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe wins coveted RPS Music Award for Young Artists
Composers Mark-Anthony Turnage and James Dillon take home the composition prizes.
London Symphony Orchestra’s This is Rattle, which placed British composers and music at its heart, takes RPS Music Award for Concert Series and Festivals.
A strong showing for vocal music includes wins for:
The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra’s Monteverdi 450 Trilogy
Baritone Thomas Quasthoff’s BBC documentary, Becoming a Lied Singer
Spitalfields Music’s “quirky and creative song-crawl”, Schumann Street.
Two Yorkshire events win big:
Community opera Calderland – A People’s Opera, commissioned and created by 509 Arts with a cast of thousands: “a love song to the Calder Valley and the people who live in it.”
Classically Yours, Orchestras Live in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s programme of concerts, workshops and participatory events in rural and coastal communities.
American soprano Jessye Norman receives the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal in the year she celebrates 50 years in the music profession. The Society’s – and one of classical music’s - highest honours awarded to “a towering artist: an icon in the operatic world who has raised the bar of the possibilities of the human voice.”
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE RPS MUSIC AWARDS WILL BE BROADCAST ON BBC RADIO 3 AT 19.30HRS ON MONDAY 14 MAY.
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chairman of the Arts Council England, gives the keynote speech, discussing diversity in the arts: “We are falling short in representing society in our workforce, and in bringing through the leaders of the future…. enormous progress has been made in broadening our audiences, but in the field of arts and culture we need to admit that we still face shared challenges around diversity… if we are to fulfil our wish that the arts should play an important part in the lives of everyone in this country".
John Gilhooly, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, speaking at the Awards said: “Access to the arts and culture is access to our national life, and the universal right of every citizen. Tragically, those denied access to the arts can feel locked out and left behind.”