Written by: South Bank Centre Press Release [slightly amended by cs.com]
The South Bank Centre and its Associates have received two Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards at an awards ceremony yesterday evening. The awards are concert series and festival for the collaborative festival with the Royal Academy of Music, Signs, Games and Messages: The Music of György Kurtág and the large ensemble award for the London Sinfonietta, Associate Artists of the Royal Festival Hall. Amelia Freedman, Head of Classical Music at the South Bank Centre also collected the ensemble award on behalf of the Nash Ensemble. She is the founder and artistic director of the ensemble.
Amelia Freedman said:
”Adventurous new work is alive and kicking at the Royal Festival Hall.In 2001/2 we presented no less than three composer festivals – Magnus Lindberg (in collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra), Louis Andriessen and György Kurtág. It was a great privilege to hear György and Marta Kurtág’s performance of Jatekok in the festival, as well as many distinguished and dedicated artists.
These programmes illustrate the quality and diversity in programming at the South Bank Centre. Next year we will celebrate the music of Luciano Berio, Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies.”
The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards recognise outstanding achievement in classical music during 2002. The annual RPS Music Awards are regarded as the UK’s most prestigious recognition of achievement in the field of live classical music. Awards are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations.