Excellence, creativity and understanding - the RPS Music Awards Winners have been revealed

The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, celebrate outstanding achievement in classical music during 2013. Winners in 13 categories, chosen by independent juries, were announced at the ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel, with silver lyre RPS trophies presented by pianist and Honorary Member of the RPS, Graham Johnson OBE.

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a special awards programme on Sunday 18 May at 10pm.

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Photos from the evening
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Speaking at the RPS Music Awards ceremony, RPS Chairman John Gilhooly saluted “a great year” for music, but warned against taking “musical riches” for granted:

“2013  was  a  great  year  for  classical  music  in  the  UK.  It  was  a  year  when  the  grand anniversaries – the bicentenaries of Wagner and Verdi and the centenary of Benjamin Britten – were celebrated in style, and this is reflected in the  list of winners this evening. 2013 also brought  us  fantastic  contemporary  music  that  drew  impressive  audiences  to  20th and  21st century  music. Work on and off stage embraced new  technology, and it was a year when distinguished name lined  up alongside astounding younger talent, marking the way to a bright, adventurous future for classical music.

Mostly, however, this was a year about audiences; what unites all our winners is their desire to inspire existing enthusiasts and to reach out to new  audiences with a boldness founded on passion and compellingly brilliant musicality.

I  often  feel  that  classical  music  is  underrated  in  this  country,  and  whilst  celebrating  the success of a wonderful year, I think we should not be blasé.  We need to say, loud and clear, that  music  matters,  shout  loudly  about  outstanding  talent,  great  concerts,  inspirational opportunities to participate in music  -  show how it makes a difference  -  and understand that inertia and complacency can be every bit as detrimental to culture as a challenging economic climate.”