"For classical, it's the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the Grammys all in one"  -  BBC Radio 3

We’re understandably proud of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. For nearly 30 years they have celebrated the outstanding, the pioneering, and the inspirational in live classical music. It’s the one date in the musical calendar that touches the whole profession; bringing together superstars of the concert platform with dedicated grass roots learning and engagement teams around the country and with young musicians at the start of their careers. 

They are the highest recognition for classical music-making in the United Kingdom and reflect our guiding principles of Excellence, Creativity, Understanding and Inclusivity.

These independent awards were set up in 1989 to celebrate the outstanding achievements of both young and established, British and International, musicians. There is no restriction on the nationality of recipients, but the awards are for achievements within the United Kingdom.

The awards honour a broad sweep of live music across 13 categories, including for performers, composers, inspirational arts organisations learning, participation and engagement. The Awards are peer-judged. Each category is decided by an eminent jury from the music profession. 

The shortlisted nominations for the next Awards will be announced on Thursday 12 April 2018.

The RPS Music Awards will be presented on Wednesday 9 May 2018 by the Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir - Book Now.

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.

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