Bath Philharmonia shortlisted for the UK's Classical Music's most prestigious award

Oct 7, 2019


Bath Philharmonia shortlisted for the UK’s Classical Music’s most prestigious award

Bath Philharmonia – the city’s professional orchestra – has been shortlisted for a Royal Philhamonic Society Award. Likened to the Oscars or the BAFTAs, the RPS Awards celebrate the outstanding, the pioneering, and the inspirational in classical music. To view the full 2019 RPS Awards shortlist click here.

Bath Philharmonia have been shortlisted in the RPS Awards category of “Impact” – for an outstanding initiative or organisation which, between January 2018 and June 2019, set out to engage and have a lasting positive impact on the lives of people who may not otherwise experience classical music – for their ongoing trailblazing work with Young Carers.

Bath Philharmonia’s Creative Learning Team has ten years of experience in enabling Young Carers to discover their musical talent and improve their levels of self-confidence and is the only orchestra in the UK that provides a year-round programme of music-making for this isolated and vulnerable group of young people. Since January 2018, a total of 174 Young Carers have taken part in six intensive music-making residencies, performing to over 2000 concert goers in Bath & North East Somerset, Poole, Wiltshire and Warwickshire.

Georgie, an 8 year-old Young Carer from Keynsham, said “This project helps because it makes your feelings feel precious”. Sharon Welch, Young Carers Service Co-ordinator for Youth Action Wiltshire commented, “It has changed some of our YCs’ futures. It’s so much more than just a music project!”

Jason Thornton, Music Director of Bath Philharmonia comments, “I’m absolutely delighted that the orchestra has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. Our projects celebrate everything that Young Carers willingly do for their families and we acknowledge this nomination as a celebration of these amazing young people.”

The RPS Awards are presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday 28 November 2019

About Young Carers

A Young Carer is someone aged 5- 18 who has a significant caring responsibility for someone in their family who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

About Bath Philharmonia

Bath Philharmonia is one of the most prolific orchestras in the South West and performs with many of the world’s greatest musicians.

It prides itself in working with extraordinary young British talent, most recently Jess Gillam, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Elin Manaham Thomas, Isata Kanneh-Mason and Nicola Benedetti.

Its vision is to make high quality orchestral music accessible to as many people as possible and performs to thousands of people each year, reaching many more through broadcasts and recordings.

Bath Phil’s Creative Learning Team works in schools and with youth organisations to help young people to develop their creative and musical skills whilst positively impacting upon personal and social outcomes.

Bath Philharmonia has recently received a grant of £127,000 from the National Foundation to build on its outstanding work with Young Carers and expand the programme to benefit more young carers over the next three years. This national recognition will fund a further 14 performance projects across the South West to improve their wellbeing and build capacity within music leaders and educators across the region to deliver music-making to this unique group.

Bath Philharmonia celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020.

For the latest on this project and details of upcoming projects and concerts, please follow Bath Phil on Twitter follow @bathphil or visit

For Enquiries about Bath Philharmonia, please contact:
Simone Homes
General Manager
E. [email protected]
M. 07525 857720

For further information about the RPS Awards please contact: [email protected] / 0203 691 7034


For over 200 years, the Royal Philharmonic Society has been at the heart of music, creating opportunities for musicians to excel, championing the vital role that music plays in all our lives.

It all began in 1813 when a group of musicians set out to establish a series of orchestral concerts in London. The Society’s regular performances attracted world-class artists including Mendelssohn and Wagner, and it commissioned exhilarating new music for an eager public to hear: most famously, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In its founding gesture, the Society created a lasting culture. Other orchestras found their footing and their music resounds across Britain today.

200 years later, the Society continues to celebrate and empower musicians who – like its founders – strive to enrich society with all that they do. Through grants, commissions, coaching and performance opportunities, the RPS helps exciting young performers and composers find their voice. Through the renowned annual RPS Awards, the Society celebrates the quality, impact and ingenuity of the finest artists and creative forces at work today. Through its Membership, the RPS aims to cultivate national pride and curiosity in classical music, and rouse audiences to recognise the vital and valued role they play in the country's thriving musical heritage. Through all its endeavours, the RPS is dedicated to proving classical music’s rightful and powerful place in society.

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