2023 Highlights

It was a great privilege to present the 2023 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards on 1 March at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, sharing an urgent message about the reach and resonance of classical music UK-wide. Click here to read all about the occasion and this year’s winners in our news story.

We are pleased to share a range of photos – courtesy of photographer Mark Allan – from a night to remember, drawing our largest-ever live audience of over 800 music-makers and music-lovers. You can also click here to browse through the brochure that all attendees received at this year's RPS Awards.

2020 RPS Young Artist Award winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason returned to open this year's show with the world premiere performance of Cello Sonata No. 2 by the celebrated Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. Sheku personally asked the composer to write the work for him, with support from the RPS and an anonymous donor.

BBC Radio 3 presenters Hannah French and Petroc Trelawny were our fantastic co-hosts for the evening, revealing the winners across thirteen categories.

In a headline speech which you can read in full here on the RPS website, RPS Chairman John Gilhooly conveyed the urgent concerns and convictions of the music profession following Arts Council England’s controversial funding review.

Manchester Collective's Music Director Rakhi Singh and Artistic Director and Chief Executive Adam Szabo who received the Ensemble Award for their transformative performances, attracting new audiences from Birkenhead to the BBC Proms.

Star viola player Timothy Ridout received the 2023 Young Artist Award for his 'ingenious arrangements, commissions and educational endeavours, and the luxury and humanity in his phenomenal playing'.

Winner of the Singer Award, soprano Anna Dennis took to the stage with celebrated oboist Nicholas Daniel and pianist John Reid to perform Stay O Sweet by composer Elena Langer who was also present in the audience.

South African cellist Abel Selaocoe received the Instrumentalist Award following the release of his acclaimed debut album and mesmeric performances drawing capacity audiences back to concert venues following the pandemic.

Composition winners Gavin Higgins and Ben Nobuto share a celebratory moment together post-show, pictured centrally alongside colleagues from one of our cherished RPS Awards Principal Supporters, PRS for Music.

27-year-old organist and choral director Anna Lapwood received the coveted Gamechanger Award for her remarkable artistry and advocacy, for the extraordinary social media following she has generated for classical music, and for 'inspiring generations of younger musicians to see how they too might rise up to meet the world.'

There wasn't a dry eye in the house when the Impact Award went to The Multi-Story Orchestra’s remarkable production The Endz, created by a group of young people from Peckham who – following the death of fellow teenager Malcolm Mide-Madariola who was killed standing up for a friend in a knife fight – wanted to express their feelings and be heard through music.