2021: Conductor

Supported by BBC Music Magazine

For the outstanding quality and scope of the performances, presented digitally or for a live audience, and the work in any context of a conductor in the UK.

Ryan Bancroft

‘Ryan Bancroft – landing as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in September 2020 – wasted not one precious moment. His electrifying concerts invigorated the orchestra’s repertoire, particularly in Black History Month. He engaged with the Welsh community, mentoring young local composers and students. With dynamic debuts for the LPO, CBSO and RLPO, it’s clear he’s not just set to be a great asset to Wales but to music-making nationwide.’

Also shortlisted:

The 2021 shortlist for Conductor was decided by an independent panel drawn from across the music profession comprising:

Bob Riley, Chief Executive, Manchester Camerata
Charlotte Gardner, Writer / Critic
Jane Williams, Head of Orchestral Artistry, Guildhall School of Music and Drama/LSO
Marie-Sophie Willis, Chief Executive, The Sixteen
Paul Philbert, Principal Timpanist, RSNO / Chineke!