The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, celebrate outstanding achievement in classical music during 2013. Winners in 13 categories, chosen by independent juries, were announced at the ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel, with silver lyre RPS trophies presented by pianist and Honorary Member of the RPS, Graham Johnson OBE.
BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a special awards programme on Sunday 18 May at 10pm.
Speaking at the RPS Music Awards ceremony, RPS Chairman John Gilhooly saluted “a great year” for music, but warned against taking “musical riches” for granted:
“2013 was a great year for classical music in the UK. It was a year when the grand anniversaries – the bicentenaries of Wagner and Verdi and the centenary of Benjamin Britten – were celebrated in style, and this is reflected in the list of winners this evening. 2013 also brought us fantastic contemporary music that drew impressive audiences to 20th and 21st century music. Work on and off stage embraced new technology, and it was a year when distinguished name lined up alongside astounding younger talent, marking the way to a bright, adventurous future for classical music.
Mostly, however, this was a year about audiences; what unites all our winners is their desire to inspire existing enthusiasts and to reach out to new audiences with a boldness founded on passion and compellingly brilliant musicality.
I often feel that classical music is underrated in this country, and whilst celebrating the success of a wonderful year, I think we should not be blasé. We need to say, loud and clear, that music matters, shout loudly about outstanding talent, great concerts, inspirational opportunities to participate in music - show how it makes a difference - and understand that inertia and complacency can be every bit as detrimental to culture as a challenging economic climate.”