Sir Charles Mackerras

Sir Charles Mackerras was presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal by Dame Janet Baker, herself a gold-medallist, at the RPS Music Awards Ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday 11 May 2005.


Dame Janet read the citation of the RPS Council:

“Sir Charles Mackerras is one of the great musicians of our age who as a conductor and scholar has illuminated a vast range of familiar and less well-known repertoire and who has maintained the highest musical standards throughout his distinguished career. The medal is awarded for his research into the performance practice of the 18th and 19th centuries and his interpretations of Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms; for his championship of British Music and in particular the music of Sullivan, Elgar and Delius, and for his authoritative performances of Czech music in particular his single-handed pioneering of the operas of Janácek.”

The RPS Gold Medal was initiated in 1870 to commemorate the centenary of Beethoven’s birth and bears the image of Beethoven. It is the Society’s highest honour and is awarded internationally for the most outstanding musicianship.

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