Liverpool Phil wins the double in prestigious National Music Awards
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic was a double winner last night in the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards for its work in the UK during 2008, Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year.
In a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel, hosted by Sean Rafferty and Catherine Bott of BBC Radio 3, the Phil's recently appointed Conductor Emeritus, Sir Charles Mackerras presented the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble 10/10, the Phil’s new music group, with the joint award of Ensemble of the Year. The award citation recognised:
"the combined achievements of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble 10/10 in making an outstanding contribution to British musical life during Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture. The jury was impressed by the synergy created within a fruitful collaborative environment, the enthusiasm and vibrancy with which both groups embraced repertoire of remarkable stylistic diversity and their determined efforts to involve audiences at all levels."
Ensemble 10/10 went on to win the Concert Series of the Year for a concert programme that:
"showed remarkable integrity and imagination and a pleasing element of surprise. The jury was impressed by the Ensemble’s clear sense of artistic ambition, allied to the quality of the connection with its audiences. Ensemble 10/10 has become an integral part of the Phil’s activity and the jury hopes it will go on to become a lasting part of the Liverpool scene."
The Phil’s already award-winning Music for Life residency in the Kensington area of Liverpool was a worthy runner-up in the Liverpool Education category.
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic said:
“Under the leadership of our Principal Conductor Vasily Petrenko, the Phil was the soundtrack to Liverpool's Capital of Culture year. We are very proud to win these prestigious awards which recognise the range and excellence of our work in Liverpool, nationally and internationally. We are hugely indebted to our major funding partners, in particular Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Culture Company and Arts Council England for their vision and support, to our sponsors, supporters and broadcast partners and of course, our audiences, both long established and those developing their interest in our music-making. They all share our in Awards success today.”
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