Leslie Boosey Award for Sally Groves

19 Feb 2013

Sally Groves, Creative Director of  Schott Music, has received the prestigious RPS  Leslie Boosey Award for her outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain. 

The RPS citation for Sally reads:

A leader among publishers, Sally Groves's quiet integrity and commitment to her composers' careers is second to none. The distinguished roster of composers whose careers she has nurtured as Creative Director for Schott Music includes Dutilleux, Goehr, Henze, Ligeti, Penderecki, Martland, Turnage and, most appropriately this evening, Sir Michael Tippett. She uses infinite care, diplomacy and wisdom to guide them and keeps an open door for composers looking for advice and reassurance. In a voluntary capacity she has acted as a Trustee of many of our leading new music organisations, and she is able to quietly influence the quality and spread of new music being performed in this country and abroad through her dedication and wide-ranging contacts.

The award was presented on stage  during the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Barbican concert on Friday 12 April 2013 (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3) by the concert’s conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. The concert included Symphony No.4 by Michael Tippett (with whom Sally Groves worked closely for many years) and the world premiere of Jonathan Lloyd’s Old Racket, an RPS Elgar Bursary commission.

The biennial Leslie Boosey Award was set up by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Performing Right Society in memory of music publisher Leslie Boosey (1887-1979). It is awarded primarily to those working ‘back stage’; programmers, publishers, broadcasters and administrators are among those who have received the award since it inception in 1980. For a list of previous recipients, please follow this link.

Click here to read the press release.

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