Ensemble 360 win at the RPS Awards

14 May 2013

Rayfield Allied is delighted to congratulate RPS Music Award winners Ensemble 360 who are the resident chamber ensemble at Music in the Round in Sheffield.

Music in the Round has won the coveted Chamber Music and Song Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. The awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the UK’s most prestigious accolade for live classical music, and the Chamber Music and Song Award recognises the work that Music in the Round does in presenting the highest quality chamber music and musicians to around 30,000 people of all ages in areas of the country with little or no provision.

Winners of The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, were announced at a dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 14 May.

Music in the Round has beaten off strong competition from Elias String Quartet, themselves former members of Music in the Round’s Ensemble 360, and Exaudi Vocal Ensemble to win the award, which recognises outstanding contribution to the performance of chamber music or song by an ensemble, partnership, individual or organisation in the UK during 2012.

Angus Smith, Artistic Director of Music in the Round comments: “For many years we have been recognised as the largest promoter of chamber music outside London, but we believe it is our record of innovation and engagement that has won us this award. Our fresh approach to programming gives audiences around the country a chance to hear our brilliant resident musicians, Ensemble 360, emerging young musicians, and established artists of international standing deliver inspirational concerts and education projects that embrace well-loved pieces and bold new music in equal measure.”

The award citation read: “imaginative and eclectic programming and an exemplary model of working from Music in the Round.”

Winners received their trophies from Dame Janet Baker, herself an RPS Gold Medallist and BBC Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Sean Rafferty as hosts of classical music’s big night out. A special programme devoted to the RPS Music Awards will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 2pm on Sunday 19 May.

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