- Prestigeous award for Kevin Volans

- Prestigeous award for Kevin Volans

07.06.2010  The Royal Philharmonic Society of Britain announced at a function at the Dorchester Hotel on 11 May that South-African born composer Kevin Volans was one of the winners of their annual prestigious RPS classical music awards. The website begins:

“Classical music ground-breakers proved true to form by taking many of the plaudits at this year’s RPS Music Awards, the UK’s most prestigious accolades for live classical music. Composers Kaija Saariaho and Kevin Volans, the London Sinfonietta, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and conductor Oliver Knussen all emerged triumphant. Philharmonia Orchestra’s innovative re-rite project scooped two awards.”

Volans won the “Chamber-scale Composition” category with his duo viola:piano, premiered by Garth Knox (viola) and Kevin Volans (piano) at the Volans Day at the Wigmore Hall in October 2009. It is described on the RPS website as “a distinctive distillation of the mysterious magic of Kevin Volans’s recent music. It’s a piece that is spare yet rich, abstract yet expressive, economical in its resources yet maximal and memorable in its impact, and which will go straight to the heart of the viola duo repertoire”. The work has not yet been performed in South Africa.

The jury for this category comprised Tom Service (Chair), David Alberman, Colin Matthews, Graham McKenzie, and Jane Williams.

“Nearly four hundred guests from the music profession attended the ceremony which was hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Sean Rafferty and Sara Mohr-Pietsch and presented by past RPS Award winner Sir John Tomlinson. The keynote speech was given by artist Grayson Perry. The RPS Music Awards are presented in association with BBC Radio 3.

Graham Sheffield, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society comments: ‘This is an exciting time for classical music in the UK. The quality, ambition and musical intelligence of our award winners – distinctive music makers from across the generations – speaks volumes. Whether through a fresh approach to traditional repertoire or a desire to seek out the new and different, nurture young talent or engage with new audiences, they are turning bold, often daring, artistic ambitions into dazzling reality. Living proof that, even in straitened times, bold thoughts and brilliance can win through.’”

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