Aurora Orchestra was last night announced as winner of the Ensemble category at the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards in London. Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the RPS Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. The list of previous winners of the Ensemble Award reads as a Who’s Who of internationally-acclaimed performance groups, including the Hallé Orchestra, the RLPO, the OAE and the London Sinfonietta.
The RPS Award crowns a month during which Aurora has for the first time been awarded core funding from Arts Council England as part of the new National Portfolio of arts organisations; announced the release of a debut disc on the Decca Classics label; and presented the first concert ever to be streamed live on The Guardianʼs website. It also follows hard on the heels of Principal Conductor Nicholas Collonʼs shortlisting earlier in the year for the South Bank Sky Arts / The Times Breakthrough Award.
General Manager of the orchestra John Harte commented: “We are thrilled to be presented with an award which over the years has been held by world-class ensembles whose work we hugely admire. Itʼs particularly exciting to have been considered this year alongside the CBSO and the NYO – we are honoured and delighted to be recognised in such company.”