About the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards

"How very fortunate the music profession is to have this calm voice of sanity, seriously assessing the true value of music making." 

– Keith Clarke, Classical Music Magazine

The RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom and reflect our guiding principles of Excellence, Creativity and Understanding.

These independent awards were set up in 1989 to celebrate the outstanding musical achievements of both young and established, British and International, musicians. Each Award is decided by an eminent jury from the music profession. The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians.

The awards honour a broad sweep of live music making including categories for performers, composers, inspirational arts organisations learning, participation and engagement. There is no restriction on the nationality of recipients, but the awards are for achievements within the United Kingdom.

The RPS Music Awards are presented each May at a dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, London by a musician of international renown.

Our media partners, BBC Radio 3, carry extensive coverage of the Awards including a full length programme which focuses on the winners.

The Royal Philharmonic Society has been at the heart of music for over 200 years and is dedicated to creating a future for music.  It is one of the world's oldest music societies and has a thriving membership.  The RPS is a registered UK Charity.

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