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Sally Groves receives Leslie Boosey Award
18 February 2013
Sally Groves, champion of contemporary music
The prestigious Leslie Boosey Award has been awarded to Sally Groves, London Head of Contemporary Music for Schott Music International, for her outstanding contribution to the
furthering of contemporary music in Britain.
The award, a magnificent bronze eagle by sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink, will be
presented on stage at the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Barbican concert on Friday 12 April
2013 (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3) by the concert’s conductor, Sir Andrew Davis.
The Leslie Boosey Award was set up in 1980 by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Performing
Rights Society in memory of music publisher Leslie Boosey (1887-1979). It is awarded every two years, primarily to those who work behind the scenes in the music industry.
As Creative Director of Schott Music Limited, Groves has been responsible for
building and promoting the Music of Our Time catalogue for the past 35 years, working
with a roster of distinguished composers including Dutilleux, Goehr, Henze, Ligeti,
Penderecki, Tippett, Martland, Turnage and Widmann. Her latest signings have been
Richard Ayres and Gerald Barry. She was also Chair of the Trustees
of the British Music Information Centre before becoming one of the founder directors of
Sound and Music. Until recently she was a director of the Birmingham Contemporary
Music Group and she serves on the North Music Trust. She was a member of the Executive
Committee of the Society for the Promotion of New Music from 1979-90, becoming its
Chairman for the last two years, a director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from
1998-2004 and a Governor of the Royal Northern College of Music from 1997-2006, of
which she is now an Honorary Member. She has also served on a number of Arts Council
panels, the Executive Committee of New Macnaghten Concerts and the original steering
group of English National Opera's Contemporary Opera Studio. She is a member of the
Board of the Music Publishers Association.
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