Nominee Abel Selaocoe performing live at the 2021 RPS Awards

Introduction

Regarded by many as the BAFTAs for classical music, the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards are classical music’s annual good news story, shining much-needed light on inspirational individuals, groups and initiatives whose music has lifted hearts and minds across the nation.

We newly present the RPS Awards in a fresh and open format, with a vastly-reduced ticket price giving more music lovers and music makers than ever before the opportunity to get together and feel part of the festivities. Our most recent RPS Awards took place on in November 2021 at Wigmore Hall in London - you can freely watch our film of the event here and read all about the brilliant winners and nominees. We newly pledge to take the event each year to a different UK music venue, to meet and welcome more audiences, and are pleased to announce the next RPS Awards will be on Wednesday 1 March 2023 at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Save the date, tell friends, and do join us if you can.

Tickets for the event will be available from Thursday 20 October (with advance booking specially for RPS Members from 18 October) on Southbank Centre’s website. Top price is £30, and we are pleased to announce that over 200 seats this year are only £10.

Annually, we welcome nominations for the RPS Awards from anyone who is an RPS Member (which is open to anyone who loves classical music: find out how you can join us here) and from those who work in the classical music profession. Nominations open on Thursday 28 July here on our website and remain open until 10am on Thursday 22 September. To find out how to nominate, or to submit nominations if you’re eligible to do so, please visit the Nominate page of our Awards website.

Nominations are welcomed for 11 of 13 categories: Chamber-Scale Composition, Large-Scale Composition, Conductor, Ensemble, Impact, Instrumentalist, Opera and Music Theatre, Series and Events, Singer, Storytelling, Young Artist. To find out more about each category and the criteria, please visit the Categories page of our Awards website.

Once nominations are in, a shortlist of exceptional entrants and eventual winners is decided by expert panels, newly drawn each year from across the music profession. There are two further awards: Gamechanger chosen by the Board and Council of the RPS, and Inspiration celebrating the nation’s non-professional music-makers. For this latter award, an expert panel defines a shortlist then we open it for public vote here on our website in December.

Shortlists in the nominated categories will then be announced in January, in association with our longstanding Awards partner BBC Radio 3.

The RPS Awards at 7.00pm on 1 March 2023 at Queen Elizabeth Hall will be a night of celebration with special guests and live music. The presentation should conclude around 9.00pm and the foyer bars will stay open till late, giving you the chance to meet unsung heroes of classical music from across the UK and to rub shoulders with the stars. Winners receive a trophy in the form of a silver lyre, designed by former RPS Council member Laurie Watt. Central to the story of Orpheus, the lyre is one of the earliest symbols of music's power to see us through difficult times: something we can all agree it has done over the last couple of years.

All RPS Awards updates will be shared here on our website and on our social media @RoyalPhilSoc

If you have any queries about the RPS Awards, please do contact us.

A registered charity, the Royal Philharmonic Society has been at the heart of music for over 200 years, championing the vital role that music plays in all our lives. To find out more about everything we do, please visit our main website.

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