Catherine Arlidge

2014 Salomon Prize winner

Catherine Arlidge of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has become the first violinist to be awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize.

The prestigious RPS/ABO Salomon Prize celebrates the outstanding contribution of orchestral players to the UK’s musical life. Catherine Arlidge, Sub Principal of the second violins, who has played with the CBSO for over 20 years, has become the Prize's third ever recipient.

Catherine was nominated by her fellow musicians and the CBSO’s management for her creativity, energy and “great skill for motivating and inspiring colleagues and for engaging with her audience”. She has been instrumental in initiating and devising many projects and ideas to engage young people in classical music that are having a significant impact on the world of music education.

Rosemary Johnson and Mark Pemberton, Directors of the RPS and ABO respectively, presented Catherine with her award on stage at a CBSO concert at Warwick Arts Centre on Friday 10 January 2014. The presentation was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and Catherine will be interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on Monday 13 January. She received a cheque for £1000 and will keep for one year the Salomon Prize Trophy – a soft-ground etching of Salomon made by William Daniell in 1810.

The Salomon Prize citation from the RPS and ABO reads:

The 2013 Salomon Prize is awarded to a CBSO musician who brings creativity, enthusiasm and sensitivity to all that she does. Her contribution on the CBSO Board has been invaluable, particularly over the past year regarding discussions over the orchestra’s future partnerships. Within the Learning and Participation Department, she has created a whole range of concerts and schemes, opening-up the joy of music and the orchestra’s inner workings to children of all ages. A true advocate of the modern orchestral musician, for over twenty years she has worked tirelessly in helping to develop and maintain the innovative drive of the CBSO. She is an asset to the orchestra and its community. Bravo, Catherine Arlidge!

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