Orchestras Live is delighted that the 2019 Salomon Prize has been awarded to Manchester Camerata percussion Janet Fulton by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Association of British Orchestras. The Salomon Prize is a prestigious recognition of talent, versatility and passion for a musician whose work encompasses the concert stage and beyond, and is the only major award presented to an orchestral player working in Britain.
Janet has been a member of Manchester Camerata for over 30 years and, in awarding her the Salomon Prize, the judging panel cited her particular contributions to recent projects produced with Orchestras Live. Janet’s talents as a performer and orator enabled her to engage people with dementia through Mrs Maestro, an inclusive family concert co-produced in association with Orchestras Live at The Forum, Barrow in Furness in 2018. She also plays a central role in Classically Yours, working closely with care home residents and schools helping local communities in East Riding of Yorkshire make music, many of whom had never experienced live orchestral music before.
The inaugural winner of the Salomon Prize in 2012 was Bea Schirmer, another musician who has been closely involved with Orchestras Live projects including the Able Orchestra, as one of two Hallé musicians involved in the core group of professional artists since the beginning of the project, and through composing collaborative works for projects working with young people in Bolsover and Shirebrook in Derbyshire.
Orchestras Live is committed to producing high quality experiences of orchestral music, that not only engage communities in an inspirational and relevant way, but also offers orchestral musicians like Janet and Bea the opportunity to develop their skills and new ways of engaging with audiences and project participants.