ISM proud to announce shortlist for RPS Opera and Music Theatre Award

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), a first-time sponsor of the RPS Music Awards, is proud to announce the shortlist in the Opera and Music Theatre category:

ENO: Eugene Onegin
Royal Academy of Music: Kommilitonen!
Royal Opera House: Il trittico

There’s high drama in the shortlists for the Opera and Music Theatre award, which features Master of the Queen’s Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s tales of 20th century student protest, Kommilitonen!, co-commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School; the Royal Opera House Puccini hat-trick Il trittico, directed by Richard Jones; and Deborah Warner’s acclaimed ENO production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
The winners of the ISM sponsored category, Opera and Music Theatre, together with all the other categories will be announced at the RPS Music Awards ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 8 May.

Notes to Editors:

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional association for musicians providing a distinctive range of services to its membership of performers and music professionals. The Incorporated Society of Musicians aims to promote the art of music and champion the interests of musicians, raising professional standards, and providing legal advice and other benefits to its members. Its members include performers, composers, music teachers and industry professionals. The ISM has over 100 corporate members including all the music Conservatoires, university music departments, Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM, Association of British Orchestras, Federation of Music Services, Jazz Services, Music for Youth, Oxford University Press, specialist music schools including Chetham’s School of Music and the Yehudi Menuhin School, as well as music industry and trade organisations such as PPL, the Music Industries Association, Yamaha Music, and the International Artist Managers’ Association.
This is the first time that the ISM, the association for professional musicians, has sponsored an RPS Music Award. The ISM’s sponsorship is for the Opera and Music Theatre category.

The annual RPS [Royal Philharmonic Society] 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 2011.

Shortlists for this year’s RPS Music Awards will be announced on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on Tuesday 17 April, with winners announced at the RPS Music Awards ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 8 May. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a special RPS Music Awards ‘Performance on 3’ on Sunday 15 May at 2pm. www.rpsmusicawards.com