Violinist Nicola Benedetti has been awarded Making Music’s Sir Charles Groves Prize, made annually to an individual or organisation for making an outstanding contribution to the musical life of the UK.
The award was presented in Cheltenham on 6 July by Making Music’s chief executive, Barbara Eifler, following a concert with an ensemble of young string players. The concert marked the culmination of a weekend of rehearsals and workshops with Gloucestershire young musicians as part of the Benedetti Sessions, a music education initiative which Benedetti started in 2013.
‘I’m thrilled to have been given this prize by Making Music, which provides such invaluable support to the UK’s amateur music ensembles,’ said Benedetti. ‘Creativity and music in our lives is more needed and more cherished than ever, and Making Music’s members are proof of this. It is an honour to be recognised in this way.’
The prize’s previous recipients include Darren Henley (2013), Gareth Malone (2012), Sing Up (2011), and Sir Colin Davis (2010). It is given in honour of conductor Charles Groves, former music director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and president of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
‘Like Nicola, the amateur music groups we represent are passionate about music making being accessible to all, so Nicola was a natural choice as this year’s winner,’ said Eifler.