The RPS Music Awards, marking outstanding musical achievement in 2016 were presented at a ceremony at The Brewery in the City of London. The evening was hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Sarah Walker and Andrew McGregor, with ‘silver lyre’ trophies presented to the winners by British pianist Stephen Hough.
"For classical, it's the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the Grammys all in one: the #RPSMUSICAWARDS" - BBC Radio 3
The RPS Music Awards celebrate the unique experience of live music-making,with award winners chosen by independent juries of leading music practitioners from hundreds of nominations nationwide. With wins for Manchester Camerata, Opera North, the UK’s first disabled-led youth orchestra, South-West Open Youth Orchestra and two Scottish festivals - East Neuk Festival and Lammermuir Festival, the Awards truly demonstrate the depth and breadth the UK's musical life.
Highly acclaimed arts film maker, Barrie Gavin, was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society for 'the care and attention to detail which he invests in each and every subject, and his ability to demonstrate insightful authority and profound understanding'. Gavin is the first film maker to receive the award.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, RPS Chairman John Gilhooly saluted the shortlists and spoke of the power of live music:
"This year’s RPS Music Award winners take no prisoners, united in their excellence and their commitment to removing barriers to listening or participation in classical music. The awards celebrate live music of extraordinary quality and ambition, taking place across the country. I’d urge those who have yet to experience its multifarious pleasures to get out there and listen and make music, in the moment, of the moment. Live Music Is… more vibrant than ever."
9 May 2017