Entries in RPS Music Awards (20)


Shortlists announced for Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards


Shortlists have been announced for the Royal Philharmonic Society [RPS] Music Awards. The RPS MUSIC AWARDS, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music, and this year’s shortlists are particularly wide-ranging. Over 50 musicians, ensembles and organisations nationwide are in contention for this year’s awards, which celebrate outstanding music making in 2017. The shortlists reveal a kaleidoscope of musical talent, invention and imagination, whether in the concert hall or on the opera stage, in the community or online, in written word, film or for the first time, via virtual reality.

  • Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s premiere of Brett Dean’s acclaimed new opera Hamlet leads the shortlists, with nominations in four categories: Singer – with nods for Allan Clayton, who premiered the title role, and David Butt Philip, who took the role of Hamlet on tour in the Autumn; Opera and Music Theatre; for composer Brett Dean in the Large Scale Composition category and for its conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

  • Jurowski is one of a number of internationally acclaimed artists to make the cut; he is shortlisted alongside Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Sir Antonio Pappano for the RPS Music Award for Conductor. Other shortlisted musicians include instrumentalists, violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Igor Levit and young artists, soprano Louise Alder and conductor Elim Chan. Cited composers are: Brett Dean, James Dillon, Oliver Knussen, Silvina Milstein, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Raymond Yiu.

  • Those receiving double shortlisted nominations include: 26-year-old Scottish guitarist, Sean Shibe, who has been shortlisted for both the RPS Music Award for Instrumentalist and the RPS Music Award for Young Artists; Scottish Opera for Pelléas and Mélisande, and for two projects engaging the youngest and oldest: the groundbreaking BambinO, a new opera for 6-18 month old babies, and Memory Spinners, a weekly project for people living with dementia. It’s also a good year for BBC Music, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts, BBC Proms Relaxed Prom for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities, and BBC Studios for BBC Four programme, Becoming A Lied Singer: Thomas Quasthoff and the Art of German Song, all in the running for awards. There are strong showings for organisations in Scotland with the Dunedin Consort – which recently faced closure after a threatened funding cut - and Scottish Ensemble joining Sean Shibe, Scottish Opera and Scottish composer James Dillon on the shortlists, and for Yorkshire, with community opera in the Calder Valley, special concerts in East Riding and new music in Hull, City of Culture all featuring.

  • London Symphony Orchestra, The Sixteen, Spitalfields Music, Sir John Eliot Gardiner/the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, Southbank Sinfonia, PRS Foundation, Orchestras Live, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Operasonic, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Opera House are amongst shortlisted ensembles and organisations.

  • Inclusive music making is celebrated with recognition for two ambitious community operas, featuring hundreds of participants, rooted in Yorkshire and in Wales, the BBC Relaxed Prom and Scottish Opera’s BambinO and Memory Spinners. Virtual reality features on RPS Music Awards shortlists for the first time, in the shape of Welsh National Opera’s Magic Butterfly, a reinterpretation of Madam Butterfly and The Magic Flute.

  • Baritone Thomas Quasthoff, and violinist Min Kym (who hit the headlines in 2010 following the theft of her Stradivarius violin at Euston Station) are amongst musicians shortlisted for their work in creatively communicating the joys, and the challenges of a life in music - on film and in print respectively.

    John Gilhooly, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society comments:

    “The musical ambition and talent on display in these shortlists is extraordinary. Professional musicians are exploring music – new and old, often side-by-side – with a fierce dynamism and breathless virtuosity, and amateur music-makers are creating works that draw on the landscape and legends of their own communities to create original, high-quality music. And it’s very noticeable that this is not happening in isolation – there’s exciting collaboration across art forms, and a dialogue between young musicians and their distinguished counterparts that is good for music today, and bodes very well for the future.

    Several of the shortlisted events have been created to engage audiences who can feel culturally disenfranchised, whether through disability, age or geography. For those who are yet to discover the joys of live music making, whether as an audience member or as a participant, I hope that these shortlists highlight the variety and excellence of live classical music in the UK. And I hope that they act as a clarion call to funders and supporters to continue to back the musicians and organisations that make the UK music scene the envy of the world.”

  • read the full shortlists at