"For classical, it's the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the Grammys all in one" - BBC Radio 3
The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom and reflect our guiding principles of Excellence, Creativity and Understanding.
These independent awards were set up in 1989 to celebrate the outstanding musical achievements of both young and established, British and International, musicians. The Awards are peer-judged. Each category is decided by an eminent jury from the music profession. The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians.
The awards honour a broad sweep of live music across 13 categories, including for performers, composers, inspirational arts organisations learning, participation and engagement. There is no restriction on the nationality of recipients, but the awards are for achievements within the United Kingdom.
The RPS Music Awards are presented each May at a dinner by a musician of international renown.
Our media partners, BBC Radio 3, carry extensive coverage of the Awards including a full length programme which focuses on the winners.
The RPS has been at the heart of music for over 200 years and is dedicated to creating a future for music. It is one of the world's oldest music societies and has a thriving membership. The RPS is a registered UK Charity.