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This year we are presenting 12 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

Eligibility

There is no restriction on the nationality of recipients, but the Awards are for achievements within the United Kingdom.

In the past, the RPS Awards have taken place each May, celebrating achievements in the previous calendar year. We are moving the Awards to November so that they will now celebrate the previous classical season.

Owing to the transition, this year’s Awards cover a wider period than usual: nominations should be for achievements between January 2018 and June 2019. Optimally, activity nominated should have occurred fully in this period, though we will consider activity that may have started just before, or set to conclude just after – so long as the majority occurred during this period. Initiatives spanning all of 2019 will not be eligible until the 2020 Awards.

If you are unsure whether something is eligible this year, or which category it fits, you are welcome to contact us on 020 7287 0019 or admin@philharmonicsociety.uk.

Values

The Royal Philharmonic Society is a registered charity that exists to recognise excellence in music and musicians, promote an understanding of music, and encourage creativity in music. We aim to celebrate these values in the RPS Awards.

We want the Awards to represent the remarkable quality, vitality, range and impact of classical music in all its forms across Britain. We seek nominations that embody musical excellence in all regards: from the feats of outstanding performers and composers to endeavours that give people at large the chance to experience and make music at the highest possible level. Across all categories, we look for vibrant evidence of classical music making a difference to people’s lives, and are always keen to see endeavours that engage wider audiences with music. The work of each nominee should, in its own way, make a case for why classical music matters today. When nominating, you are asked to express how your nominee embodies these values.

Categories and Criteria

Chamber-Scale Composition - for an outstandingly imaginative and engaging chamber-scale work receiving its first UK performance between January 2018 and June 2019. Please note, the RPS reserves the right to decide which of the two composition categories any work will be considered in, though, as a guideline, works scored up to 15 musicians will usually be considered in the chamber-scale category.

Concert Series and Events - for a concert series, festival or unique event which, through imaginative programming and presentation, drew fresh interest to a facet of classical music, wholly or mostly taking place between January 2018 and June 2019.

Conductor - for the outstanding quality and scope of the performances and work in any context of a conductor in the UK between January 2018 and June 2019.

Ensemble - for the outstanding quality and scope of the performances and work in any context of a group of musicians, no fewer than three, in the UK between January 2018 and June 2019.

Impact - for an outstanding initiative or organisation which, between January 2018 and June 2019, set out to engage and have a lasting positive impact on the lives of people who may not otherwise experience classical music.

Instrumentalist - for the outstanding quality and scope of the performances and work in any context of a solo performer on any instrument in the UK between January 2018 and June 2019.

Large-Scale Composition - for an outstandingly imaginative and engaging large-scale work receiving its first UK performance between January 2018 and June 2019. Please note, the RPS reserves the right to decide which of the two composition categories any work will be considered in, though, as a guideline, works scored for 16 or more musicians will usually beconsidered in the large-scale category.

Opera and Music Theatre - for an outstanding production that opened, or for the overall accomplishments of a company or individual in opera and music theatre, between January 2018 and June 2019.

Singer - for the outstanding quality and scope of the performances and work in any context of an individual singer in the UK between January 2018 and June 2019.

Storytelling - for a compelling and imaginative entity which furthered the understanding of classical music in a lateral medium (most likely but not limited to written or spoken word, radio, television, film, digital, online). Nominated entities must have been made publicly available in the UK for the first time between January 2018 and June 2019. The category excludes straight recordings or concert relays

Young Artists - for a solo performing artist or chamber ensemble, relatively new to the profession, who has shown remarkable promise and made a strong impression in the UK between January 2018 and June 2019.


Gamechanger
In 1813, the Society was founded by a group of musicians who set out to establish a lasting performance culture and repertory, playing a central role in making the UK an essential destination for classical music.

The RPS is introducing this new award to celebrate those who in unique and contemporary ways continue to break new ground in classical music. It will be specially presented by the Board and Council of the RPS to an individual, group or organisation for their inspirational and transformative work between January 2018 and June 2019.

In choosing the recipient of this award, the Board and Council will consider nominations made in all other categories as well as consulting colleagues across the music profession.



What happened to…?
Those of you familiar with the previous Awards may ask what has become of the categories for ‘Audiences and Engagement’ and ‘Chamber Music and Song’.

In establishing the Society, our founders wanted to engage new audiences with classical music and this mission remains as vital today as ever. Duly, instead of presenting a solitary award for this, we want to recognise and celebrate artists and creative forces who share this mission in all categories.

We have also suspended the ‘Chamber Music and Song’ category given its significant overlap with other awards, in particular the ‘Ensemble’ and ‘Singer’ categories.

Meanwhile, the Award formerly called ‘Learning and Participation’ is now called ‘Impact’ and the award previously called ‘Creative Communication’ is renamed ‘Storytelling’.

If you are unsure which category your nomination fits, please contact us on 020 7287 0019 or admin@philharmonicsociety.uk.

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