The Royal Philharmonic Society has awarded the Leslie Boosey Award to Sally Groves, Schott’s London lynchpin, for ‘her outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain’.
The award, inaugurated in memory of the Boosey & Hawkes co-founder and given every two years, will be presented on stage at the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 12 April concert at the Barbican, London, by Sir Andrew Davis. The concert will also feature the world premiere of a new work for strings by Jonathan Lloyd, an RPS Elgar Bursary commission.
Primarily given to behind-the-scenes staff rather than performers, previous recipients of the award include Amelia Freedman, Colin Matthews and Gillian Moore. The recipient is given a bronze eagle commissioned from sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink.
As creative director of the London branch of Schott Music, Sally Groves has for 35 years been responsible for Schott’s ‘Music of Our Time’ catalogue.
She has also held a number of other positions in the British classical music industry, including serving as chair of the trustees of the British Music Information Centre and becoming one of the founder directors of its successor, Sound and Music; as a director of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; on the executive committee of the Society for the Promotion of New Music; as a director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; and as a governor of the Royal Northern College of Music.