509 Arts has won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award


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We are delighted to let you know that 509 Arts has won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Learning and Participation for its production of Calderland – the 2017  folk opera created with the people of Calderdale.

Composer Richard Taylor, librettist Mike Kenny and producer Jenny Harris picked up the RPS award for Calderland from composer Judith Weir at a glittering awards ceremony in London last night.  The RPS Music Awards are the UK’s leading classical music awards and celebrate the richness of live music-making in this country.

Calderland was commissioned by Calderdale Council and Community Foundation for Calderdale as a creative response to the devastating floods of Boxing Day 2015 with support from Arts Council England. Featuring over 200 local performers, it was premiered as part of the opening of the Piece Hall in September 2017.

The judges praised the inclusive nature of the workshop and rehearsal process leading to the final performances, and by the clear evidence that the project has created an energetic musical legacy.

Music is all about people and the 509 Arts team would like to dedicate this award to the people and organisations of the Calder Valley who collaborated with us over many months to make Calderland a reality. Together we demonstrated how a positive and uplifting story can come out of challenging times.  Calderland truly is a love letter to the Calder Valley and this award is a brilliant tribute to everyone who worked to make it such a great success. Thank you all!

Tune In!  You can listen to highlights from the RPS Awards Ceremony on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 14th May at 7.30pm.  Details here


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May 10, 2018