Friday, 12 May 2017

Virtue rewarded

Opera North's Ring Cycle, winner of the RPS Award for Opera and Music THeatre
Opera North's Ring Cycle, winner of the RPS Award for Opera and Music Theatre
The Royal Philharmonic Society Awards (RPS Awards) were announced on Tuesday 9 May 2017. Top individual awards were won by soprano Karita Mattila (Singer Award), conductor Richard Farnes (Conductor Award), violinist James Ehnes (Instrumentalist Award) and pianist Joseph Middleton (Young Artists Award). As well as its former music director Richard Farnes winning an award, Opera North also took the Opera and Music Theatre Award for its 'magnificent' Ring Cycle.

Composer Rebecca Saunders won the Chamber-Scale Composition Award (her third RPS Award!) for Skin, whilst Philip Venables won the Large-Scale Composition Award for his 'brilliantly written' opera 4.48 Psychosis. The first violinist of the Takacs Quartet, Edward Dusinberre won the Creative Communication Award for his book Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet.

Viol consort Fretwork won the Chamber Music and Song Award for its 30th anniversary year programming, whilst the Manchester Camerata won the Ensemble Award for 'boldly re-inventing itself' over the last few years and 'blazing a trail for what a 20th century orchestra can do'. The UK's first disabled-led youth orchestra, South-West Open Orchestra won the Learning and Participation Award.

Two Scottish festivals took awards; the Lammermuir Festival took the Concert Series and Festivals Award whilst the East Neuk Festival in collaboration with 14-18 NOW won the Audiences and Engagement Award for Memorial Ground by the American composer David Laing.

Full details from the RPS Music Awards website.

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