London Philharmonic Orchestra wins 'Ensemble' RPS award

We are delighted to announce that we have won the prestigious 'Ensemble' award at the RPS Music Awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in 2013.

The award acknowledges the Orchestra's major involvement in Southbank Centre's 2013 The Rest Is Noise Festival, which chronologically charted the defining works of the 20th century. The RPS said: 'Devoting an entire year’s concerts to 20th-century music was a courageous decision. The programmes were devised with flair, cast with great judgement, and performed with scrupulous care and blazing conviction. Most importantly, they proved that taking risks can win an audience’s loyalty.'

The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music and musical excellence in the United Kingdom. Winners in 13 categories, chosen by independent juries, were announced at a glittering ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel on 13 May hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny and Sara Mohr-Pietsch, with silver lyre RPS trophies presented by pianist Graham Johnson.

Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra said: 'It is a real recognition of the energy and commitment of our players to The Rest Is Noise Festival and very much appreciated. Our thanks also to our partners, Southbank Centre. This was the sort of event that makes sense of the term “in residence”, where the company and the venue working together can create a project big enough to turn heads – and ears! When Vladimir Jurowski and I decided to take this festival on we - momentarily - thought it might be the end of us! No orchestra in the world has ever done 31 consecutive concerts of 20th-century repertoire. But the public demonstrated a real appetite for it with average attendance of 80% across the season. Above all this Award is for the musicians who make up the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They rose to the challenge and embraced the unfamiliar with unfailing enthusiasm. It is their incredible quality, open-mindedness, passion and dedication that allows us to deliver such bold work to such an exceptional standard. I cannot thank them enough and on their behalf thank you.'

A special programme devoted to the RPS Music Awards will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 18 May at 10pm.

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