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Shortlist for 2020 RPS Awards announced

10:03, 15th October 2020

The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) has announced the shortlist for its 2020 awards. 

The nominees are as follows:

Chamber-Scale Composition
supported by Boosey & Hawkes in memory of Tony Fell

Liza Lim – Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus
Naomi Pinnock – I am, I am
Raymond Yiu – Corner of a Foreign Field

Concert Series and Events
supported by PRS for Music

Beethoven Weekender – Barbican
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Ryedale Festival
Venus Unwrapped – Kings Place

supported by BBC Music Magazine

Dalia Stasevska
Jonathon Heyward
Martyn Brabbins

supported by Schott Music

City of London Sinfonia
Manchester Collective
Scottish Ensemble

supported by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

Across The Sky – Cheltenham Music Festival
STROKESTRA – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sound Young Minds – City of London Sinfonia
The Lullaby Project – The Irene Taylor Trust

supported by ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians)

Lawrence Power – viola
Sean Shibe – guitar
Yuja Wang – piano

Large-Scale Composition
supported by The Boltini Trust

David Sawer – How Among the Frozen Words
Errollyn Wallen – This Frame is Part of the Painting
Frank Denyer – The Fish that Became the Sun (Songs of the Dispossessed)
Oliver Vibrans – More Up

Opera and Music Theatre
supported by Sir Simon and Victoria, Lady Robey OBE

Opera Holland Park
Nixon in China – Scottish Opera
The Turn of the Screw – Garsington Opera


Lise Davidsen – soprano
Natalya Romaniw – soprano
Nicky Spence – tenor


Bright Stars Shone for Us – Tama Matheson
Our Classical Century – BBC Radio 3
Rough Ideas – Stephen Hough

Young Artists

12 Ensemble
Sheku Kanneh-Mason – cello
Timothy Ridout – viola


In addition, the new Inspiration Award will honour the music-making that has taken place in lockdown. The RPS has opened nominations to the public for the first time, inviting households to share what has moved them since March. 2,600 nominations were received, and the RPS will announce six winners of this award in November.

Winners will be announced at  the 2020 RPS Awards digital broadcast at 7.00pm on Wednesday 18 November on the RPS website. Filmed at London’s Wigmore Hall and presented by BBC Radio 3’s Georgia Mann, it will feature performances by several nominees.


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