Sally Groves, London Head of Contemporary Music for Schott Music International, has
been awarded the prestigious Leslie Boosey Award for her outstanding contribution to the
furthering of contemporary music in Britain.
The award, a magnificent bronze eagle by sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink, will be
presented on stage at the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Barbican concert on Friday 12 April
2013 (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3) by the concert’s conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. The
concert includes Symphony No.4 by Michael Tippett (with whom Sally Groves has worked
closely for many years) and the world premiere of Jonathan Lloyd’s Old Racket, a Royal
Philharmonic Society Elgar Bursary commission.
The Leslie Boosey Award was set up by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Performing
Rights Society in memory of music publisher Leslie Boosey (1887-1979). It is awarded
every two years. The award is primarily given to those who work ‘back stage’.
Programmers, publishers, broadcasters, administrators, educationalists and representatives
from the recoding industry have all received the award since it inception in 1980, with
recipients including Amelia Freedman, Bill Colleran, Colin Matthews, Gillian Moore and
most recently Stephen and Jackie Newbould of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Sally Groves as Creative Director of Schott Music Limited has been responsible for
building and promoting the Music of Our Time catalogue for the past 35 years, working
with a roster of distinguished composers including Dutilleux, Goehr, Henze, Ligeti,
Penderecki, Tippett, Martland, Turnage and Widmann.
Her latest signings have been
Richard Ayres and Gerald Barry. In addition to her ‘day job’ she was Chair of the Trustees
of the British Music Information Centre before becoming one of the founder directors of
Sound and Music. Until recently she was a director of the Birmingham Contemporary
Music Group and she serves on the North Music Trust. She was a member of the Executive
Committee of the Society for the Promotion of New Music from 1979-90, becoming its
Chairman for the last two years, a director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from
1998-2004 and a Governor of the Royal Northern College of Music from 1997-2006, of
which she is now an Honorary Member. She has also served on a number of Arts Council
panels, the Executive Committee of New Macnaghten Concerts and the original steering
group of English National Opera's Contemporary Opera Studio. She is a member of the
Board of the Music Publishers Association.