Leslie Boosey Award recipient (2007)
The Leslie Boosey Award was presented to Gillian Moore on 13 March 2008 in the Royal Festival Hall at the start of the Music of Today concert of works by Xenakis, performed by members of the Philharmonia, conducted by Diego Masson.
Gillian Moore has worked tirelessly bring contemporary music into the community, over a career spanning more than 25 years. She is currently Head of Contemporary Culture for Londons South Bank Centre and was Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta from 1998 to 2006, combining that post with running the audience development programme Inside Music at the Royal Festival Hall and being a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music. Also in 1998, she was Artistic Director of the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester. She was Head of Education at Southbank Centre from 1993 to 1998, developing an approach that integrated educational and artistic activity. From 1983 to 1993, she was the Education Officer at London Sinfonietta, the first such post of its kind in the UK.
José Antonio Abreu, founder of the revolutionary Venezeulan ' El Sistema' which educates the poorest children in musical schools around the country: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2008.
DID YOU KNOW?
In October 1970, Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto received its world premiere, having been commissioned by the RPS. The soloist was Rostropovich, who received our highest honour, the Gold Medal, the same year.