Music in the Round is a classic

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Music in the Round, which brings regular chamber music concerts to The Stables Milton Keynes, has been shortlisted for one of the classical music industry’s most prestigious prizes, the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award.

Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the RPS awards are judged by independent panels of leading musical practitioners, and previous winners read like a who’s who of the classical music elite.

Led by visionary Artistic Director, Angus Smith, Music in the Round continues to push at creative boundaries as it has done since being founded in 1984 by Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay String Quartet. Music in the Round is well-known in Sheffield and around the country for its presentation of the highest quality chamber music and musicians and as a pioneer of a more informal and inclusive presentation style. Concerts are presented ‘in the round’ with audiences on all sides and musicians facing each other, thereby creating a unique feeling of involvement with the music and the artists.

Current Artistic Director Angus Smith said the award “recognises the work Music in the Round has been doing since 1984 to present the best in international chamber music.”

The nomination is the second recent coup for the organisation which has struck a deal with the Wigmore Hall in London to present the winners of the London International String Quartet Competition around the country.

It has also announced the appointment of an associate composer in residence in the fast-rising Charlie Piper and this week premieres Bolt from the Blue, composed by American Stephen Montague for active audience participation, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

The final deliberation of the jurors will be announced at a dinner at the Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 8 May 2012 when the RPS Music Awards will be presented.

The RPS Music Award for Chamber Music and Song is donated by David W Bowerman CBE.