RPS Leslie Boosey Award

Going back to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Society has continually supported composers and brought new music to the stage. Over the years, we have worked with many other individuals and organisations dedicated to helping contemporary music flourish in Britain.

Biennially, we are pleased to present the Leslie Boosey Award in recognition of those who work tirelessly ‘backstage’ to champion new music. The Award is not for composers or performers, but for programmers, publishers, broadcasters, administrators, educationalists and figures from the recording industry.

Recent recipients have included Amelia Freedman CBE, founder and director of the Nash Ensemble; music publishers Sally Groves, Sally Cavender and Bill Colleran; Southbank Centre’s Director of Music Gillian Moore CBE; Jackie and Stephen Newbould for their work running the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; NMC Recordings and Colin Matthews OBE, not for his work as a composer but in founding NMC and his work on behalf of the Britten Estate and the Red House at Aldeburgh.

The Award is given in memory of Leslie Boosey (1887 – 1979), the music publisher who merged his family firm to establish Boosey & Hawkes, one of the world’s leading publishing companies. He was responsible for cultivating and promoting a range of eminent composers as well as striving to achieve better rights and royalties in perpetuity for composers internationally.

The recipient of the Leslie Boosey Award receives a bronze eagle commissioned from renowned sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink.

The Royal Philharmonic Society is currently welcoming nominations for the Leslie Boosey Award from RPS Members and colleagues across the music profession. If you would like to nominate someone, please send an email to Robin Sheffield, General Manager with details of your nominee and a citation of 300 – 500 words outlining why you believe they have made an outstanding contribution to contemporary music in Britain. The closing date for nominations is midday on Tuesday 8 January 2019. These will duly be considered by a panel comprising RPS Trustees and Council members with significant roles in the music profession and the next Award will be presented in 2019.

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