We are delighted that #ConcertLab, our series that turns performances at St John's Waterloo into an orchestral laboratory where new approaches to classical music presentation can be explored, has been shortlisted for the RPS Music Award for Concert Series and Festivals.
Across eight concerts in 2017, #ConcertLab saw Southbank Sinfonia's fellowship probing areas of musical presentation ripe for re-imagination, charging a new generation of musicians with the confidence and skills to push their own boundaries. Working alongside movement directors, choreographers and lighting designers, while never sacrificing the quality of the music, #ConcertLab invites artists and audience alike to take risks and challenge conventions.
Generously supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, our 2017 series revealed an array of exciting avenues for classical music to explore further. Excitingly, it also unearthed more questions than it answered, and so the series returns in 2018 to continue experimenting with lighting, layout and our very senses to bring fresh resonance to orchestral performance. Find out more about upcoming performances here.
The annual RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Awards, in thirteen categories, are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. The list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of classical music. This year’s RPS Music Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in 2017.
The winners will be announced on Wednesday 9 May 2018. Find out more about the awards here, including the Concert Series and Festivals category - sponsored by Schott Music.