Royal Philharmonic Society Announces Nominees for Annual Awards

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Nominees for the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, which recognize live performance in the U.K., include English National Opera, conductor Marin Alsop, and baritone Simon Keenlyside.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London on May 9, with soprano Felicity Palmer and BBC Radio 3's Sean Rafferty as hosts.

English National Opera was nominated in the opera category "as a company," rather than for any specific performance, in a recognition of a series of successful productions amid off-stage chaos. The other nominees were the Royal Opera, for its production of Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage, and Welsh National Opera, for Berg's Wozzeck.

Nominees for the BBC Radio 3 Listeners Award, selected in an online vote, are Alsop, the American conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony; soprano Felicity Lott; and bass John Tomlinson. The Hall_ Orchestra's Mark Elder, the Budapest Festival Orchestra's Ivan Fischer, and Glyndebourne's Vladimir Jurowski are up for the conductor award.

In the instrumentalist category, pianist Malcolm Martineau, violinist Anthony Marwood, and harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock were nominated; Keenlyside, American soprano Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and baritone Roderick Williams were nominated for the singer award.

Awards will also be presented for educational, audience development, and communication efforts, as well as for new works, chamber music, ensembles, festivals, and young artists. For a complete list of nominees, visit

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