Annouced on 9 May 2017
Sponsored by the ABRSM, the exam board for the Royal Schools of Music
"The UK’s leading disabled-led regional youth orchestra is an ambitious vision brought to life by Open Up Music and sustained by its committed partners. The judges were particularly struck by the inclusive nature of the process, which develops bespoke instruments for the individual musicians that can be played with any part of the body.
The orchestra's premiere performances had great musical integrity, bringing together existing and newly commissioned repertoire, and incorporating ground-breaking music technology alongside brass band, choir, organ and narrator. For its practical, inspirational and vital role in bringing together the worlds of disabled and mainstream music-making, the winner is South-West Open Youth Orchestra."
Lincoln Abbotts (Chair)