UWE Bristol and South-West Open Youth Orchestra celebrate RPS Music Awards win

Issue date: 11 May 2017

South West Open Youth Orchestra

The South-West Open Youth Orchestra, with support from UWE Bristol Music Technology lecturer and composer, Dr Liz Lane have won 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 in a feature on the BBC's The One Show.

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, “It was wonderful to share such a special evening with Clarion player George from the South-West Open Youth Orchestra and the OpenUp Music team. It has been an exciting journey over the last year and a half, and fantastic to collaborate with the young musicians and OpenUp Music, who have worked tirelessly to take SWOYO to this point - next step the National Open Youth Orchestra in 2018! My grateful thanks go to UWE for supporting this work.”

An audience of over 400 guests from the classical music world attended a celebratory presentation and dinner in the City of London. Highlights from the event will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 19:30 on Sunday 14 May.

For more information: www.rpsmusicawards.com

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