Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2009


Congratulations to all the winners:

Audience Development Streetwise Opera: My Secret Heart
Chamber Music Britten Sinfonia Lunchtime Series
Chamber-Scale Composition Harrison Birtwistle: The Tree of Strings
Concert Series and Festivals Ensemble 10/10
Conductor Valery Gergiev
Creative Communication Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise (4th Estate / Harper Perennial)
Education Hackney Music Development Trust: Confucius Says
Ensemble Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Ensemble 10/10
Instrumentalist Janine Jansen
Large-Scale Composition George Benjamin: Into the Little Hill
Opera and Music Theatre English National Opera
Singer Susan Bullock
Young Artist Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Special Award for Services to British Music Richard Hickox (posthumous)

Hats off to Liz Forgan, chair of Arts Council England, who described how her own grandfather had made her listen, aged six, to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

“Throwing children alive into a boiling vat of great music does them no harm at all,” she said. “Give them Birtwistle, Buxtehude, Ligeti, Ockeghem and Beethoven as soon as possible. Give them the best of contemporary music of all sorts. Above all, don’t apologise.”


Raise children on Wagner, urges Arts Council chair Dame Liz Forgan


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