RPS Music Awards Shortlist Announced

30 Mar 2016

Opera, composers, singers, conductors, instrumentalists, ensembles … and gaming apps! The shortlisted nominations for the RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, have been announced.

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Some of the best-known names in classical music are vying for the UK’s top prizes for live classical music, alongside invigorating new artists and the often-unsung heroes who are inspiring audiences with classical music across the UK.

From nearly 400 nominations in 13 categories, the 65 expert jurors have chosen this year's shortlisted nominations.

John Gilhooly Royal Philharmonic Society Chairman comments:

“If classical music is sometimes regarded as something of a closed book, then the shortlists for this year’s RPS Music Awards throw open the pages. They are brimming with youth, honour distinguished musicians and the most brilliant musical minds, champion imaginative, everevolving ways of communicating about and participating in music, and show that those who love classical music are determined to inspire a new, and diverse generation.

I hope that the RPS Music Awards deliver a clear message: classical music offers joyous, sometimes profound, often uplifting experiences – and it’s for everyone, regardless of who they are, or where they come from!”

The RPS Music Awards are independent and peer-judged. The winners will be announced at The Brewery on 10 May 2016.

See who's on the shortlist for each award
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Ricardo Castro: International pianist who established a flourishing youth music programme in Bahià, Brazil. Awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2013.


The early directors and concert conductors were given tickets made of ivory to gain them admission to Philharmonic Society performances.