Martyn Brabbins (c) Hyperion, S Perry

2023: Conductor

supported by John Gilhooly

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

Martyn Brabbins

‘Martyn Brabbins was everywhere this year: a fortifying presence. He rode with the Valkyries at the English National Opera, conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, coached conductors and composers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and scaled Vaughan Williams’ Scott of the Antarctic with the BBC Symphony – its first-ever screening with a live orchestra. Martyn’s contribution to UK musical life is colossal.'

Also shortlisted:

    The 2023 shortlist for Conductor was decided by an independent panel drawn from across the music profession comprising:

    Alexis Paterson, Chief Executive, Three Choirs Festival
    Amina Hussein, Principal Flute, Manchester Camerata
    Hannah Davison, Director, Promotion, Boosey & Hawkes
    Neil Bennison, Music Programme Manager, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
    Richard Morrison, Chief Arts Writer, The Times