Categories and Criteria
Across multiple categories, the Awards cover a braod spectrum of music-making. All Awards will be judged by the three core values of the Royal Philharmonic Society: creativity, excellence and understanding.
Full details of the categories and criteria for the 2019 Awards will be announced here in May 2019. For now, here are the details as they were for last year's Awards.
Audiences and Engagement
for an outstanding initiative by an organisation or individual to engage new and existing audiences with classical music. The scope of the Award embraces marketing, communication, creative programming, imaginative use of technology and innovative presentation. The jury will consider work that happened or concluded in 2017 and will want to see evidence of plans for sustaining these audiences in the future.
Chamber Music and Song
for an outstanding contribution to chamber music or song by an ensemble, partnership, individual or organisation in the UK during 2017.
for a chamber-scale work receiving its first UK performance in 2017. The RPS reserves the right to decide which of the two composition categories any work will be considered in. As a guideline, works scored for no more than 15 players will probably be considered in the chamber category.
Concert Series and Festivals
for the creative and cohesive programming and presentation of a series or festival which took place or concluded in the UK in 2017.
in any context for UK performances during 2017.
for a compelling and imaginative vehicle which furthered the understanding of classical music in any medium (written or spoken word, video, audio, digital, online). The category excludes straight recordings or concert relays. The nomination must have been made publicly available in the UK for the first time during 2017.
any group of musicians, no smaller than three, performing together regularly (UK performances during 2017).
solo performer on any instrument in any context (UK performances during 2017).
for a large-scale work receiving its first UK performance in 2017. The RPS reserves the right to decide which of the two composition categories any work will be considered in. As a guideline, works scored for 16 or more players will probably be considered in the large-scale category.
Learning and Participation
for a project/initiative/organisation which inspired wider participation in music-making during 2017 and which created high quality musical experience and understanding. The jury will want to see a legacy of skills and enterprise carried forward.
Opera and Music Theatre
for the musical and artistic excellence of a production, company (large or small-scale) or individual (UK productions during 2017).
solo singer in any context (UK performances during 2017).
for a solo artist or chamber ensemble making their first significant impact in the UK during 2017.