Congratulations to Academy alumni at the 2018 RPS Music Awards

-Posted on 11.05.2018

The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards are the highest recognition for classical music-making in the United Kingdom and reflect the RPS’s guiding principles of Excellence, Creativity, Understanding and Inclusivity.

All nominations in the ‘Singer’ shortlist (Allan Clayton, David Butt Phillip and Brindley Sherratt) were Academy alumni and the category was won by Allan Clayton who starred in the title role of Brett Dean’s award-winning Hamlet, premiered at Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2017.

Visiting Professor of Composition Oliver Knussen was shortlisted for his work O Hototogisu! - fragment of a Japonisme in the Chamber-Scale Composition category.

Spitalfields Music won the Chamber Music and Song category for their 2017 Festival flagship project, ‘Schumann Street’ curated by Academy alumnus André de Ridder and with help from composer and former head of Open Academy John Barber.

Academy alumnus Sir Simon Rattle won the Concert Series and Festivals category alongside the London Symphony Orchestra for their ‘This is Rattle’ series.

The awards honour a broad sweep of live music across 13 categories, including for performers, composers, inspirational arts organisations learning, participation and engagement. The Awards are peer-judged. Each category is decided by an eminent jury from the music profession.

Alum Allan Clayton wins the 'Singer' catergory. © Simon Jay Price.

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