Winners announced at the RPS Music Awards

09 May 2018

The winners of the RPS Music Awards - the most prestigious recognition for live classical music in the UK - have been announced.

The Awards, in association with BBC Radio 3, celebrate outstanding achievement in 2017 and were presented at The Brewery in London on the evening of Wednesday 9 May. 

Chosen by independent juries from across the music profession, the list of winners shows the extraordinary variety of outstanding music making in the UK. 

View full list of winners

Among the internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists are tenor Allan Clayton, conductor Vladimir Jurowski and pianist Igor Levit. Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe wins coveted RPS Music Award for Young Artists, and composers Mark-Anthony Turnage and James Dillon take home the composition prizes. London Symphony Orchestra’s This is Rattle, which placed British composers and music at its heart, takes RPS Music Award for Concert Series and Festivals.

A strong showing for vocal music includes wins for: The Sixteen; The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra’s Monteverdi 450 Trilogy; Baritone Thomas Quasthoff’s BBC documentary, Becoming a Lied Singer and Spitalfields Music’s “quirky and creative song-crawl”, Schumann Street.

Two Yorkshire events win big: community opera Calderland – A People’s Opera, commissioned and created by 509 Arts with a cast of thousands; and Classically Yours, Orchestras Live in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s programme of concerts, workshops and participatory events in rural and coastal communities.

The Awards were hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenters Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny, with the silver lyre trophies presented to winners by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music. Sir Nicholas Serota, Chairman of Arts Council England was the keynote speaker. Sean Shibe, and Shapla Salique, Katherine Manley and James McVinnie of Schumann Street performed live.  

The Awards will be broadcast on Radio 3 In Concert on Monday 14 May at 7.30pm.

View and download the winners' press photos here (download password rpsmusic2018). If you would like to see photos from the reception, please contact us.

Related pages

OUR MEMBERS

Dr Ahmad Sarmast: RPS Honorary Member and founder of Afghanistan’s first national music school in Kabul.

DID YOU KNOW?

In October 1970, Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto received its world premiere, having been commissioned by the RPS. The soloist was Rostropovich, who received our highest honour, the Gold Medal, the same year.