RPS Awards shortlist is announced

-Posted on 06.04.2015

Congratulations to the many people with Academy connections who are celebrating being shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2015.

On Remembrance Sunday 2014, Marin Alsop conducted Britten’s War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall in a large-scale collaboration by the Academy with Southbank Centre, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Voicelab Children’s Choir. This performance, and related events throughout the day – many of which featured Open Academy students – has been selected in the Learning and Participation category, ‘for a project/initiative/organisation which inspired wider participation in music-making during 2014 and which created high quality musical experience and understanding’.

Oxford Lieder, the brainchild of Academy alumnus Sholto Kynoch, who founded the festival and is its Artistic Director, has been shortlisted in not one but two categories:
Chamber Music and Song, ‘for an outstanding contribution to the performance of chamber music or song by an ensemble, partnership, individual or organisation in the UK during 2014’
Concert Series and Festivals, ‘for the creative and cohesive programming and presentation of a series or festival which took place or concluded in the UK in 2014’

Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Academy alumnus and Visiting Professor of Composition, was the subject of the Barbican’s Birtwistle at 80 festival, which is also shortlisted in the Concert Series and Festivals category.

Academy alumnus Graham Johnson’s ‘Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs (Yale University Press)’ is shortlisted in the Creative Communication category, ‘for a compelling and imaginative vehicle which furthered the understanding of classical music in any medium’.

Another Academy alumnus, Colin Currie, is one of three shortlisted in the Instrumentalist category, for ‘solo performer on any instrument in any context’. Colin is Professor of Marimba, Solo Repertoire and Concerti at the Academy.

Royal Academy Opera alumna Mary Bevan has been shortlisted in the Young Artists category, ‘for a solo artist or chamber ensemble making their first significant impact in the UK during 2014’. In October 2014, she was awarded the UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent.

The RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom and reflect our guiding principles of Excellence, Creativity and Understanding. These independent awards were set up in 1989 to celebrate the outstanding musical achievements of both young and established, British and International, musicians. Each Award is decided by an eminent jury from the music profession.

This year’s awards will be presented on 5th May 2015 in a ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Suzy Klein and Sean Rafferty.

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