Sally Cavender wins RPS Leslie Boosey Award

20 Mar 2017

Sally Cavender, Director of Performance Music at Faber Music, has been awarded the RPS Leslie Boosey Award for her outstanding contribution to British contemporary music. 

In making the Award the RPS citation read:

"Sally Cavender is a major figure in the music publishing world, and has changed the face of classical music through the composers she has discovered, nurtured and championed with such fierce enthusiasm.  In over 35 years’ service to Faber music she has been behind more than 950 commissions of new work; continually reacting with imagination to the changing landscape of contemporary music. She is a mixture of unflagging determination, passionate belief and humour. Composers, performers and audiences owe a great deal to Sally."

Three smartly dressed people with award

The Leslie Boosey Award was set up by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Performing Rights Society in memory of music publisher Leslie Boosey (1887-1979). It is awarded every two years. The award is primarily given to those who work ‘back stage’. Programmers, publishers, broadcasters, administrators, educationalists and representatives from the recording industry have all received the award since it inception in 1980, with recipients including Amelia Freedman, Bill Colleran, Colin Matthews, Gillian Moore, Stephen and Jackie Newbould, Sally Groves and most recently NMC Recordings.

This award, a bronze eagle by sculptor Elisabeth Frink, was presented on stage by RPS Chairman, John Gilhooly, with composer Thomas Ades, at a concert given by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the Wigmore Hall on Saturday 25 March at 7.30pm.

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More about the Leslie Boosey Award

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Over 130 new works have been commissioned by or dedicated to the RPS since 1813. Nearly half of these were commissioned since 2000.