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We’re thrilled to announce that Scottish Ensemble has been shortlisted for a prestigious RPS Award.


Jonathan Morton leads Scottish Ensemble in Tabula Rasa, its 2017 collaboration with pioneering theatre company Vanishing Point
centred around the live performance of the music of Arvo Part

Run by the Royal Philharmonic Society, and presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the RPS Music Awards are the UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music, seen by many as the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Featuring over 50 musicians, ensembles and organisations nationwide, the awards are a celebration of outstanding music-making, separated into thirteen categories which are judged by independent panels comprising some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners.

Recognising the achievements of musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations, this year’s shortlist – selected on the basis of output across 2017 – reveals a kaleidoscope of musical talent, invention and imagination which Scottish Ensemble is delighted to be part of. Scottish Ensemble has been nominated for the category of Chamber Music and Song, alongside BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts and Schumann Street (Spitalfields Music).

2017 was a successful year for Scottish Ensemble in which we presented a diverse range of concerts and live experiences championing music for strings – from international concerts across Europe and in Shanghai, to a major new cross-artform collaboration with Scottish theatre company Vanishing Point.

Speaking about this year’s nominees, John Gilhooly, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, comments:

“The musical ambition and talent on display in these shortlists is extraordinary. Professional musicians are exploring music – new and old, often side-by-side – with a fierce dynamism and breathless virtuosity, and amateur music-makers are creating works that draw on the landscape and legends of their own communities to create original, high-quality music. And it’s very noticeable that this is not happening in isolation – there’s exciting collaboration across art forms, and a dialogue between young musicians and their distinguished counterparts that is good for music today, and bodes very well for the future.

For those who are yet to discover the joys of live music making, whether as an audience member or as a participant, I hope that these shortlists highlight the variety and excellence of live classical music in the UK. And I hope that they act as a clarion call to funders and supporters to continue to back the musicians and organisations that make the UK music scene the envy of the world.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 9 May.