The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music, have been announced at a ceremony at The Brewery in the City of London (evening Tuesday 9 May 2017). This year’s awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, celebrate the unique experience of music-making and this year recognise outstanding musical achievement across the UK, with award winners chosen by independent juries of leading music practitioners from hundreds of nominations nationwide.
Silver lyre trophies were awarded to the 13 winners in a glittering ceremony and dinner at The Brewery in the City of London on 9 May. The evening also saw film maker, Barrie Gavin, presented with Honorary Membership to the Society - the first film maker to be awarded the RPS Honorary Membership.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, RPS Chairman John Gilhooly saluted the shortlists and spoke of the power of live music:
"This year’s RPS Music Award winners take no prisoners, united in their excellence and their commitment to removing barriers to listening or participation in classical music. The awards celebrate live music of extraordinary quality and ambition, taking place across the width and breadth of the country (closer to home than many might think). I’d urge those who have yet to experience its multifarious pleasures to get out there and listen and make music, in the moment, of the moment. Live Music Is… more vibrant than ever."
9 May 2017