Thursday, 24 January 2013

Honouring back-office and back-stage staff

The second ABO/Rhinegold Awards were presented last night at the Association of British Orchestra's conference in Leeds. The awards aim to honour backstage talent in the UK’s classical music industry. Presented by violinist Nicola Benedetti, the awards went to Kevin Appleby, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton (Concert Hall Manager of the Year),  James Brown, Hazard Chase (Artist Manager of the Year) and David Butcher, Chief Executive, Britten Sinfonia (Orchestra Manager of the Year), with the Royal Philharmonic Society receiving the ABO Award.

Kevin Appleby's award recognised his innovative programming at the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton (see my review of Matthew Barley's recital from there). James Brown's award recognised his nurturing of young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor's recent career, with 2012 being a spectacular year for Grosvenor. David Butcher's award highlighted the orchestra's 20th anniversary season and their becoming an associate ensemble of the Barbican. The Royal Philharmonic Society received the ABO Award 'as the institution considered by the members of the Association of British Orchestras to have made an outstanding contribution to orchestral life in the UK'.

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