The RPS Music Awards are the UKís most prestigious independent awards for classical music. Each award is decided by a distinguished jury, which considers nominations from professional music organisations and members of the Royal Philharmonic Society. Nominations are invited which reflect the RPSís three core principals: encouraging creativity; recognising excellence; promoting understanding.
This year, there are some changes to the traditional voting categories, to ensure that the awards reflect new areas of technology, and innovative music making and collaborations across a broader range of artistic forms. Award categories have been reduced from 14 to 12. The key changes are:
- There will now be a single Ensemble award, open to both chamber and larger ensembles
- The Young Artists award will be open to young chamber ensembles as well as solo artists
- A new award ñ Creative Communication ñ has been developed to recognise the significant contribution the spoken, written and broadcast word can make in furthering the understanding of classical music. Compelling and imaginative books, magazines, radio or television transmissions, websites, webcasts, CD-roms, commercially available DVD or video and lectures/spoken word events are all eligible for the award.
- The Opera award has been extended to include Music Theatre
- Audience Development
- Chamber-Scale composition
- Concert Series including Festivals
- Creative Communication
- Large-Scale Composition
- Opera and Music Theatre
- Young Artists
The closing date for nominations is 31 January 2005. Short listed nominations for the 16th RPS Music Awards will be announced on 11 April, and the award ceremony itself will take place at the Dorchester Hotel on 11 May 2005.