The Salomon Prize celebrates orchestral players, the unsung heroes that make our orchestras great. The first prize was awarded in 2012, and is given jointly by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Association of British Orchestras.
2018: David Rimbault, Violinist, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
David Rimbault, a player in the second violins of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, has been awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for working "tirelessly and generously to promote positivity and cohesion, and to forge links between the orchestra and management with audience members and donors. As Orchestra committee chair, he has proved to be a passionate and motivational leader..."Read more
2017: Lennox Mackenzie, Violinist, London Symphony Orchestra
Lennox Mackenzie, sub leader of the LSO and longest serving chairman in the orchestra's history, was awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for his "innate ability, his love of music, and his generosity of spirit. Lennox has commanded the highest respect and authority with his colleagues in the orchestra, and with conductors and soloists. He is much respected and loved by the LSO’s wider family of supporters...”Read more.
2016: Graham Hall, Timpanist/Orchestrator, Sinfonia Viva
Graham Hall, a founding member and former Principal Timpanist of Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, was awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize, for his “hugely dedicated service to Sinfonia Viva over many years: as a timpanist, player and Musicians Union rep; and also as a highly skilled arranger who has supported the orchestra’s extensive outreach work...”Read more.
2015: John Cushing, Clarinet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
John Cushing, who recently retired as Principal Clarinet of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra after more than three decades with the orchestra, was presented with the Salomon prize on stage at Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 27 February 2015 during a concert of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven conducted by Roger Norrington. John is the fourth recipient of the prize... Read more.
2014: Catherine Arlidge, Violin, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Catherine Arlidge, Sub Principal of the second violins, who has played with the CBSO for over 20 years, has become the third ever recipient of the Salomon Prize. 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 devising projects... Read more.
2013: Roy Benson, Double Bass, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
For the second year running, a double bass player has scooped the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize. Roy Benson was nominated by his fellow musicians and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s management for his unstinting service to the orchestra over three decades, and for a generosity of spirit and heart which has seen him, as co-principal of the double bass section, provide outstanding leadership and support. Read more
2012: Beatrice Schirmer, Double Bass, Hallé
Beatrice Schirmer was chosen from nominations received from orchestras across the UK. Beatrice was nominated by her fellow musicians and the Hallé’s management, not just for her considerable skills as a member of the orchestra’s double bass section, but for the extraordinary range of other activities which she has embraced and enriched in almost two decades with the orchestra. Read more.
Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music: The dynamic cultural advocacy of the RPS makes an incalculable contribution to British musical life.
DID YOU KNOW?
Queen Victoria attended a Philharmonic Society concert conducted by Mendelssohn in 1844.