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RPS Music Awards Shortlist Including South-West Open Youth Orchestra and Liz Lane

The shortlist for the RPS [Royal Philharmonic Society] Music Awards has been published with the South-West Open Youth Orchestra (OpenUp Music), the UK’s only disabled-led regional youth orchestra, being shortlisted for an award in the Learning and Participation category for its work on composer Liz Lane’s ‘Silver Rose’.

I am very proud of course to be part of the team as Composer in Association which included their first performance last April at Bristol Cathedral of my ‘Silver Rose’ with Lydbrook Band, University of the West of England Singers and Ian Holmes (later featured on BBC The One Show); and from this a BBC Radio 3 broadcast in June of SWOYO’s first specially composed piece, ‘Silver Song’,” says the composer. The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

Silver Rose is a musical response to five poems by Bristol born poet Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), who died in action during World War 1. Working collectively like a song cycle, the poems are read before and during each of the five musical movements; the lyrical line can be clearly traced in the first, third and fifth (On Receiving News of the War, A Careless Heart and Song) whereas the second and fourth (Beauty and Returning, We Hear the Larks) are a more dramatic and aesthetic reflection. The choice of texts for the musical settings echo perspectives including the atrocities of war and hope for peace. Silver Rose was commissioned by Bristol City Council with funding from Arts Council England and first performed by Lydbrook Band, conductor Ian Holmes, narrator Robert Hardy CBE, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 9 November 2014.

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