The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, marking outstanding musical achievement in 2014 were presented at a ceremony at The Brewery in the City of London. The evening was hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein, with ‘silver lyre’ trophies presented to the winners by soprano Dame Felicity Lott.
Sir Antonio Pappano - who gave the keynote speech at the event - was presented with the RPS’s highest honour, the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal. He becomes the 100th recipient since the medal was founded in 1870.
BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a special awards programme on Monday 11 May at 7.30pm.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, RPS Chairman, John Gilhooly OBE, challenged a new government to... “put the strength of imagination and the power of creativity to change lives at the very centre of decision making”, making a call for government to “invest in the imaginations of our young people and promote creativity in every sphere – not just in the arts, but in science, mathematics, industry … even in political thinking.” Commenting on the “fantastic” line up of RPS Music Award winners, he said: “If there was ever a reason to embrace live music making in the UK, this is it: vibrancy, adventure, surprise, excellence.”