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RPS Music Award nominations for Southampton artists

Published: 26 April 2011

Two Southampton artists have been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards for their work in 2010.

The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.

Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, Lecturer in Performance and Head of Early Music at Southampton, is one of three finalists for best solo instrumental performance. Composer Larry Goves, in the closing stages of his PhD at Southampton under the supervision of Michael Finnissy, has been nominated in the chamber music composition category. The shortlisted work, Virtual Airport, is a song cycle on texts by Matthew Welton, commissioned by Opera North Projects and performed in Leeds last year.

The awards are adjudicated by independent panels consisting of leading members of the music profession. John Gilhooley, Chairman of the RPS, says: 'This year they have put their fingers on the country’s musical pulse and found a rich vein of talent and invention. In the current difficult climate, it is vitally important that we stand up and celebrate the excellence of both our great cultural institutions and of those who are making a profound difference on a smaller stage'.

The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards will be presented at the Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 10 May.

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