An orchestra that plays in a multi-storey car park in south London has won a top prize at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.
The Multi-Story Orchestra was praised for its “ingenuity and impact in the local community” as it picked up the audience engagement prize.
Sakari Oramo, leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, won best conductor.
And the National Youth Orchestra took the ensemble award, as judges called it “a beacon of excellence for decades”.
They reserved particular praise for the orchestra’s outreach campaign, which aimed “to engage hundreds more teenagers” at a “time when music has such a precarious place in the schools’ curriculum”.
Pianist Clare Hammond, who appeared as a young Maggie Smith playing at the Proms in last year’s Alan Bennett movie The Lady in the Van, won the award for young artists.
The 32-year-old, whose recent album of piano etudes was praised in Gramophone magazine for its “unfaltering bravura and conviction”, is currently taking a break from performances to have a baby.
The jury praised her “commitment to new repertoire” and “compelling presence as a performer”.
Russian virtuoso pianist Daniil Trifonov won the instrumentalist award and was commended by the jury for his “technical brilliance, deep musicality and fearless sense of adventure”.
The musician, who is only 25, has been called a “superstar” and a “phenomenon”. He gave his first concert aged eight, apparently losing one of his baby teeth mid-performance.
Internationally renowned opera director Graham Vick was presented with honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS), joining the likes of Brahms (1882), Clara Schumann (1887), Stravinsky (1921), Aaron Copland (1970) and Evelyn Glennie (2015).
Vick, who is currently artistic director of Birmingham Opera Company, has spent his career bringing opera to new audiences.
In his early 20s, he founded a small touring group with funds from a government job creation scheme …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment