RPS Leslie Boosey Award recipient (2012)
Sally Groves, Creative Director of Schott Music, has received the prestigious RPS Leslie Boosey Award for her outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain.
The RPS citation for Sally reads:
"A leader among publishers, Sally Groves's quiet integrity and commitment to her composers' careers is second to none. The distinguished roster of composers whose careers she has nurtured as Creative Director for Schott Music includes Dutilleux, Goehr, Henze, Ligeti, Penderecki, Martland, Turnage and, most appropriately this evening, Sir Michael Tippett. She uses infinite care, diplomacy and wisdom to guide them and keeps an open door for composers looking for advice and reassurance. In a voluntary capacity she has acted as a Trustee of many of our leading new music organisations, and she is able to quietly influence the quality and spread of new music being performed in this country and abroad through her dedication and wide-ranging contacts."
The award was presented on stage during the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Barbican concert on Friday 12 April 2013 (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3) by the concert’s conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. The concert included Symphony No.4 by Michael Tippett (with whom Sally Groves worked closely for many years) and the world premiere of Jonathan Lloyd’s Old Racket, an RPS Elgar Bursary commission.
Emily Hoile, harpist: studied at the Juilliard School in New York thanks to funding from the RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship.
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