Announced 9 May 2017
"Over the past few years the winner has boldly re-invented itself and blazed a brilliant trail for what a 21st-century orchestra can do. Through its exuberant Hacienda Classical events it has brought an entirely new audience to its concerts – and, more importantly, wooed them back again and again. It has also done pioneering work in the crucial fields of education, health and wellbeing and community engagement. In the crowded orchestral market of north-west England, and through imaginative partnerships further afield, Manchester Camerata made itself an indispensable cultural asset."
Richard Morrison (Chair)