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Shortlists announced for Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards

Opera, singers, composers, conductors, instrumentalists, ensembles ... and gaming apps...

Shortlists announced for

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards

The UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music Presented in association with BBC Radio 3

Shortlists have been announced for this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society [RPS] Music Awards. Some of the best-known names in classical music are vying for the UK’s top prizes for live classical music, alongside invigorating new artists and the often-unsung heroes who are inspiring audiences with classical music across the UK.

The shortlists offer a plethora of both homegrown and international talent, and put the spotlight on projects that bring a new dimension to the way we engage with classical music – whether in the concert hall, via gaming apps, listening to classical music in a multi-story car park or opera in a disused warehouse, or as a choir of 2000 singers.*

Amongst those in contention for the UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 are:

Singers Iestyn Davies, Andrew Watts and Roderick Williams.

Conductors Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko and Mark Wigglesworth.

Pianists Daniil Trifonov, Maria João Pires and violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

Young artists: mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, and pianists James Baillieu and Clare Hammond.

Composers: Kaija Saariaho, Julian Anderson, Edmund Finnis, Rebecca Saunders, Christian Mason, Luca Francesconi and Gavin Higgins.

Creative Communication: Philip Glass for his memoir Words without Music; a global exploration of The Other Classical Musics edited by journalist, Michael Church, and Julian Johnson’s Out of Time, an examination of music and the making of modernity.

Shortlisted organisations include the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Birmingham Opera Company (with a double shortlisting), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Streetwise Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park, Nash Ensemble, Cavatina Music Trust, Philharmonia Orchestra and the UK’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra, Chineke!

Winners for this year’s awards, which celebrate outstanding musical achievement in the calendar year 2015, will be announced on Tuesday 10 May at a glittering ceremony at The Brewery in the City of London, with a special programme dedicated to the awards broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 11 May at 19.30.

John Gilhooly, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society comments:

“If classical music is sometimes regarded as something of a closed book, then the shortlists for this year’s RPS Music Awards throw open the pages. They are brimming with youth, honour distinguished musicians and the most brilliant musical minds, champion imaginative, ever- evolving ways of communicating about and participating in music, and show that those who love classical music are determined to inspire a new, and diverse generation.

I hope that the RPS Music Awards deliver a clear message: classical music offers joyous, sometimes profound, often uplifting experiences – and it’s for everyone, regardless of who they are, or where they come from!”

Shortlists and winners of the RPS Music Awards are selected by fully independent juries comprising of leading members of the music industry, from suggestions made by RPS Members and music professionals across the UK. Previous winners read as a who’s who of classical music.


The RPS Music Awards are presented in association with BBC Radio 3.

Individual Award sponsors are: ABRSM, the exam board for the Royal Schools of Music; The Boltini Trust; Boosey and Hawkes (in memory of former RPS Chairman, Tony Fell); BBC Music Magazine; the Bowerman Charitable Trust; Rosenblatt Recitals; Schott Music; The Stradivari Trust; Yellow Car Charitable Trust.


* Steve Reich Clapping Music App – London Sinfonietta/Touchpress/Queen Mary University London; Multi-Story Orchestra –both shortlisted for RPS Music Award for Audiences and Engagement; Birmingham Opera Company – The Ice Break, shortlisted for Opera and Music Theatre Award, and for RPS Music Award for Audiences and Engagement; Seven Seeds – shortlisted for RPS Music Award for Learning and Participation.