2012: Roy Benson, Double Bass, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
For the second year running, a double bass player has scooped the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize. Roy Benson was nominated by his fellow musicians and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s management for his unstinting service to the orchestra over three decades, and for a generosity of spirit and heart which has seen him, as co-principal of the double bass section, provide outstanding leadership and support. Roy was presented with his award by conductor, Paul Daniel on stage at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert at the Cadogan Hall on Tuesday 30 October. Read more.
2011: Beatrice Schirmer, Double Bass, Hallé
Beatrice Schirmer was chosen from nominations received from orchestras across the UK. Beatrice, who has been with the Hallé for 19 years, was presented with her award onstage at the Hallé’s concert at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester - and live on BBC Radio 3 - on Wednesday 9 November 2011. Beatrice was nominated by her fellow musicians and the Hallé’s management, not just for her considerable skills as a member of the orchestra’s double bass section, but for the extraordinary range of other activities which she has embraced and enriched in almost two decades with the orchestra. Read more.