The 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards shortlist was announced yesterday, and we are delighted that our Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has been nominated for the Conductor award.
The RPS Awards recognise and celebrate the highest possible standards of excellence in live classical music making in the UK. Nominations are invited annually from members of the society, the music profession and UK musical organisations, with a stringent shortlisting criterion examining nominees on their ability to celebrate creativity and deliver excellence and understanding in classical music making.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla shares her prestigious nomination alongside fellow conductors Robert Ames and Francois Xavier-Roth. The RPS shortlist comes at a timely moment as Mirga has just opened our 2019-20 Season, the first of two special centenary seasons which feature a celebration of musical greats, a revival of classics and a series of new commissions.
We also extend our congratulations to Birmingham Opera Company for their production Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (featuring the CBSO) which was nominated in the category ‘Opera and Music Theatre’. This sold out, critically acclaimed performance also included the operatic debut of our former CBSO Assistant Conductor Alpesh Chauhan.
Further congratulations to Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who has also been nominated in the category ‘Young Artist’, following a sell-out performance with us last month, conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. His previous collaborations with the CBSO include his album Inspiration, recorded with the CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, which debuted No.1 in the classical chart. Sheku performs with the CBSO and Mirga again tomorrow night in Hamburg at the prestigious Elbphilharmonie.
Winners will be announced at the RPS Awards on Thursday 28 November 2019, held for the first time at Battersea Arts Centre in London and presented in association with BBC Radio 3.