From webcasts to pianists, sopranos to ësinging beansí, the stage of the Royal Opera House to an East End cantata for nine to 90 year-olds, this yearís shortlists for the RPS [Royal Philharmonic Society] Music Awards (announced this evening) reveal the depth and vitality of classical music in the UK.
British artists make a particularly strong showing, snapping up five out of six nominations in the composing categories, and dominating the shortlists for the Ensemble, Instrumentalist, Chamber Music, Singer and Young Artists awards.
The annual RPS Music Awards are the UKís most prestigious recognition of achievement in the field of live classical music. Awards, in thirteen categories, are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industryís most distinguished practitioners, with a fourteenth award chosen by the listeners of BBC Radio 3. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations from the UK and abroad, and this year are celebrating their achievements during 2005. The list of previous winners reads like a Whoís Who of classical music. Full details are available at
The RPS Music Award winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 9 May at the Dorchester Hotel, London, co-hosted by soprano Felicity Palmer CBE and BBC Radio 3ís Sean Rafferty, with Armando Iannucci as the keynote speaker. A special programme devoted to the RPS Music Awards will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10 May.


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