UWE Bristol's collaboration with South-West Open Youth Orchestra recognised on RPS Music Awards shortlist

Issue date: 05 April 2017

SWYO at Bristol Cathedral

The South-West Open Youth Orchestra, with support from UWE Bristol Music Technology lecturer and composer, Dr Liz Lane has been shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Music Award for Learning and Participation.

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

Founded in 2015, South West Open Youth Orchestra (SWOYO), run by Open Up Music are the UK's only disabled-led, regional youth orchestra. Liz is Composer in Association for the Orchestra and was influential in their inaugural performances in 2016.

Funding from UWE's Faculty of Environment and Technology Public Engagement and Outreach programme, enabled Liz to rework her World War One inspired composition 'Silver Rose for SWOYO's inaugural performance at a Centre for Performing Arts concert in April last year. This performance was documented on a BBC The One Show feature.

Liz was also honoured to create Silver Song, the first original composition for SWOYO which was performed live in June 2016 for Radio 3 on BBC Music Day.

The Learning and Participation category sponsored by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music celebrates an initiative which inspired wider participation in music-making during 2016 and which created high quality musical experience and understanding.

Dr Liz Lane, says, “I am honoured to have collaborated with the South West Open Youth Orchestra during their first year and delighted that they have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. My grateful thanks go to UWE for their support and I look forward to collaborating with OpenUp Music towards the inauguration of the National Open Youth Orchestra in 2018.”

The official shortlisted nominations in each award category were announced on Tuesday 4 April 2017 and the final decisions of the juries are revealed on Tuesday 9 May at a celebratory presentation and dinner in the City of London.

For more information: www.rpsmusicawards.com

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