Recent winners include cellist Abel Selaocoe, Manchester Collective, soprano Anna Dennis, The Multi-Story Orchestra’s The Endz, composer Gavin Higgins, and organist and conductor Anna Lapwood (photos: Mark Allan). Who’s next…?

Nominations open for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards

27 Jul 2023

Please note: nominations for the next Royal Philharmonic Society Awards are now closed for this year. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to nominate. Information about the nomination process remains below for reference. For breaking news about the RPS Awards, follow us on social media @RoyalPhilSoc.

Described by BBC Radio 3 as 'the BAFTAs of classical music' and The Sunday Times as 'the biggest night in UK classical music', the RPS 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.

Each Summer, 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 colleagues who work in the classical music profession.

This year’s RPS Awards are for achievements within the UK in the most recent concert season, between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023. You can read about each category and their criteria here on our website. A special username and password, specifically for this purpose, has been sent by email to all RPS Members and circulated to contacts across the classical music profession. If you work in the profession but have not received this and would like to nominate – or if you have any problems logging in – please call us on 020 7287 0019 or email us.

The closing date for nominations is 10am on Wednesday 27 September 2023 and we regret we cannot under any circumstances accept late nominations.

Once nominations are in, a shortlist of exceptional entrants and eventual winners will be decided later in Autumn by panels newly drawn each year from across the music profession. Shortlists will be announced in January, in association with our longstanding Awards partner BBC Radio 3.

Given the national picture they present, we are pleased to announce the RPS Awards will take place for the very first time out of London, at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Tuesday 5 March 2024 – and at other UK cities in the years to come. Tickets, from only £10, will go on sale from Thursday 5 October, and RPS Members have priority booking from Tuesday 3 October.

Please save the date, and we would love you to make the journey to join us and a host of classical music-lovers and music-makers, for a night to remember.