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Sakari Oramo, Roderick Williams, Daniil Trifonov, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Multi-Story and Glyndebourne Festival Opera feature in a list of winners that celebrates both youth and experience

Opera director, Graham Vick, awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society

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Youth, invention, musical brilliance - and an outbreak of classical music in a multi-story car park - are celebrated in the list of winners of this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards (announced London, 10 May, PM), the UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music, presented in association with BBC Radio 3.

The winners, in thirteen categories, are:

Multi-Story, for a 2015 concert season staged in the Bold Tendencies car park in Peckham, South London (winner of RPS Music Award for Audiences and Engagement for its “ingenuity, simplicity and impact in the local community...”)
Russian virtuoso pianist Daniil Trifonov, still only 25 years old, won the RPS Music Award for Instrumentalist, commended by the jury for his “technical brilliance, deep musicality and a fearless sense of adventure”.

Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra picked up the RPS Music Award for Conductor, impressing the jury with “the combination of passion and searching intelligence he brought to a vast range of music” throughout 2015.

The Singer Award went to a “consummate artist”, baritone Roderick Williams for a “remarkably wide-ranging year of song.”

Pianist Clare Hammond (whose busy 2015 ranged from world premiere performances to a film debut as the younger incarnation of Maggie Smith’s character, Miss Shepherd, in The Lady in the Van) won the RPS Music Award for Young Artists. The jury praised her “commitment to new repertoire ... talent for creating inventive programmes and her compelling presence as a performer.”

“A beacon of excellence for decades”, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, won the Ensemble award, for its 2015 “campaign to engage hundreds more teenagers with the orchestra” at a “time when music has such a precarious place in the schools’ curriculum”.

• Glyndebourne Festival Opera won the RPS Music Award for Opera and Music Theatre for Barry Kosky’s “brilliantly imaginative” staging of Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne and on tour.

The Carducci String Quartet took home the RPS Music Award for Chamber Music and Song for an “heroic challenge” - its 2015 complete cycle of Shostakovich quartets: “great performances of great chamber music taken to venues that had not heard the like before.”

Composers Julian Anderson and Luca Francesconi won the two composition prizes: Wigmore Hall Composer-in-Residence, Julian Anderson, won the RPS Music Award for Chamber-Scale Composition for Van Gogh Blue, “chamber music of exceptional quality ... which leads the listener in unexpected directions”; Francesconi won the Large-Scale Composition Award for his flamenco inspired violin concerto Duende: The Dark Notes, a “white knuckle ride of dramatic intent” which received its UK premiere at the 2015 BBC Proms.

Tri-borough Music Hub won the Learning and Participation Award for a retelling of the Persephone Myth, Seven Seeds, (music John Barber; libretto Hazel Gould) which involved 1200 young singers and performers from three London boroughs alongside several leading ensembles.

Kings Place took home the RPS Music Award for Concert Series and Festivals for its “coming of age” 40-concert series, Minimalism Unwrapped that “spanned from early plainsong to the newest of the new.”

Michael Church, editor of The Other Classical Musics (Boydell Press), which “paints fifteen compelling portraits of music traditions lateral to our own”, collected the RPS Music Award for Creative Communication. The jury described the book as “a passport to new horizons.”

Internationally renowned opera director Graham Vick was presented with Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society.


Speaking at the awards ceremony, held at The Brewery in the City of London, RPS Chairman John Gilhooly saluted the shortlists and spoke of the importance of celebrating classical music and widening its reach: “At the heart of all great music is the idea of looking outwards, of trying to make sense of the world around us, and articulating our thoughts and lives. And in the 21st century, this should be all lives!”

Tonight the RPS wants to salute the amazing array of talent on offer in the UK – distinguished musicians, distinctive international musical voices, composers, conductors, instrumentalists and people of all ages, and from all walks of life who participate in music-making. And we want to say - in fact shout so loudly that it can’t be ignored: this is for everyone. Music is about joy, and profundity, and understanding – and it’s for you!”

It was a theme echoed by new RPS Honorary Member, Graham Vick, who was also the evening’s guest speaker, and urged the music business to make a difference. “Music effects change by touching humanity. Through music we can harness and share the richness of cultural background and identity, the breadth of life experience and alternative perspectives available in our expanding communities and enrich all our understanding”.

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, commenting on the winners of this year’s awards said: “BBC Radio 3 aims to connect our audiences with remarkable music and culture, so we’re proud to share the RPS Music Awards with our millions of listeners. They shine a light on the transformative experience that encountering great music can bring, and celebrate work that reaches out to audiences through its virtuosic brilliance, imagination and bold ambition. I would like to congratulate all the winners, and am delighted that the BBC’s pivotal role in the UK’s musical life is reflected in awards for Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor of BBC Symphony Orchestra and Luca Francesconi, whose violin concerto Duende was one of the shining moments of the 2015 BBC Proms. Together we can keep on changing the world through music.”