We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Music Award for Audiences and Engagement for Classically Yours – our project with East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The shortlist just announced on BBC Radio 3’s 12 April edition of In Tune, the annual RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. The Audiences and Engagement category recognises outstanding initiatives by organisations or individuals who engage new and existing audiences with classical music.
Classically Yours set out to engage new audiences by addressing the inequalities of opportunity to access high quality live orchestral music in the East Riding of Yorkshire, transforming beliefs in isolated coastal and rural communities that culture happens elsewhere.
The programme was part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s contribution to Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and formed part of a wider plan to engage more people in music across the county and secure significant new audiences for the future.
The partnership involved four orchestras – Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Viva, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia – three venues and the Music Education Hub, and included 8 concerts, 3 participatory projects and 46 workshops reaching over 2,000 people. Read more about Classically Yours here.
Manchester Camerata and Sinfonia Viva were embedded in two communities – Stamford Bridge near Pocklington and Withernsea – working with schools, choirs and care homes. Uniquely, they worked together as one combined orchestra to produce a large-scale community concert at Bridlington Spa attended by an additional 800 people.
Our Chief Executive, Sarah Derbyshire, said “Tobe shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award is a great accolade and recognition of the ambition and commitment of all who have collaborated in Classically Yours. It’s a testament to our vision at Orchestras Live – as an advocate for audience-focused engagement and sector change – that the programme has exceeded expectations and become part of the fabric of life in the East Riding in a remarkably short time.”
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RPS Music Award winners will be announced at the awards dinner on Wednesday 9 May.
Orchestras Live, East Riding of Yorkshire Council (Arts, Community and Public Health), East Riding Music Education Hub, ReMarkable Arts, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Viva, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, James Redwood, Richard Taylor, Tim Steiner, Jack Ross, Eleanor Meredith, Bridlington Spa, Toll Gavel Church Beverley, Meridian Centre Withernsea, Pocklington Arts Centre, Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation.