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We’re delighted to announce a prestigious award win recognising 50 years of outstanding achievement.

We all need some good news right now and for us, it doesn’t get better than scooping the sought-after Royal Philharmonic Society 2020 Ensemble Award ‘for sheer quality and innovation in [our] 50th birthday year, and for showing us all how an ensemble can serve its community yet still have a striking international impact.’

Socially distant filming at Cottiers, Glasgow in October 2020.

As music and arts organisations the world over are facing some of the toughest challenges in living memory, we are incredibly grateful to all who have continued to support us on our journey and to RPS for their recognition with this accolade. Thanks also to Schott Music as supporter of this year’s Ensemble Award.

This year we’ve tried to stay connected with our audiences by creating new work and sharing it digitally, and we have enjoyed establishing new relationships with some exciting collaborators along the way.  We very much hope that these experiments will be able to sustain performers and audiences alike, keeping our common musical spirits alive until the time when we can once again look forward to live performances.

The award was announced on Wednesday 18 November 2020 at a virtual awards ceremony hosted on the Royal Philharmonic Society website, where it remains available to view on demand (our award is first at about 10 minutes in!). Presented by BBC Radio 3’s Georgia Mann, it featured performances by Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Natalya Romaniw and Lawrence Power, specially filmed at the Wigmore Hall. You might also notice we feature as the soundtrack to the whole event – with intro and outro music an excerpt from the recent filmed concert with Karen Cargill.

On top of celebrating this outstanding award win, we’re delighted to have announced this month that we are one of the organisations chosen to receive support from the RPS Audience Fund, which was established in 2019 to give classical music organisations the means to devise fresh ways to attract, engage and retain new audiences.

Look out for a musical celebration of the RPS Awards winners at 7.30pm on Monday 23 November from longstanding RPS Awards partner BBC Radio 3.