2016: Conductor

Announced 9 May 2017 

sponsored by BBC Music Magazine

Ricahrd Farnes 

"The panel were unanimous in declaring Richard Farnes the clear winner of this year’s Conductor’s Award. His twelve years as Music Director of Opera North provide an inspiring example of tireless and self-effacing musical leadership, of which the universally-praised Ring Cycle, given six times in venues across the UK, formed the magnificent climax and demonstrated that he is one of finest Wagnerian interpreters of our time."

Other Shortlisted Nominations in this category 

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Donald Runnicles

Conductor Jury

Kathryn McDowell (Chair)
Edwina Wolstencroft
Thorben Dittes
Ivan Hewett
Roy McEwan-Brown