The next RPS Music Awards will be presented on 9 May 2017. Awards will be given for achievements within the UK during the calendar year 2016.
There will be 13 categories of Award covering the spectrum of professional classical music making. Each category will be decided by an independent jury. All Awards will be judged by the three core values of the Royal Philharmonic Society: creativity, excellence and understanding and on the following criteria:
for an outstanding initiative by an organisation or individual to engage new and existing audiences with classical music. The scope of the Award embraces marketing, communication, creative programming, imaginative use of technology and innovative presentation. The jury will consider work that happened or concluded in 2016 and will want to see evidence of plans for sustaining these audiences in the future.
for an outstanding contribution to chamber music or song by an ensemble, partnership, individual or organisation in the UK during 2016.
for a chamber-scale work receiving its first UK performance in 2016.
The RPS reserves the right to decide which of the two composition categories any work will be considered in. As a guideline, works scored for no more than 15 players will probably be considered in the chamber category.
for the creative and cohesive programming and presentation of a series or festival which took place or concluded in the UK in 2016.
in any context for UK performances during 2016.
for a compelling and imaginative vehicle which furthered the understanding of classical music in any medium (written or spoken word, video, audio, digital, online). The category excludes straight recordings or concert relays. The nomination must have been made publicly available in the UK for the first time during 2016.
any group of musicians, no smaller than three, performing together regularly (UK performances during 2016).
solo performer on any instrument in any context (UK performances during 2016).
for a large-scale work receiving its first UK performance in 2016.
The RPS reserves the right to decide which of the two composition categories any work will be considered in. As a guideline, works scored for 16 or more players will probably be considered in the large-scale category.
for a project/initiative/organisation which inspired wider participation in music-making during 2016 and which created high quality musical experience and understanding. The jury will want to see a legacy of skills and enterprise carried forward.
for the musical and artistic excellence of a production, company (large or small-scale) or individual (UK productions during 2016).
solo singer in any context (UK performances during 2016).
for a solo artist or chamber ensemble making their first significant impact in the UK during 2016.