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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 May, 2003, 20:51 GMT 21:51 UK
MacGregor wins classical award
Joanna MacGregor

Pianist Joanna MacGregor has been recognised for her innovation and crossover appeal by winning a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award.

The classical star picked up the award after judges singled out her imaginative programming and tireless work in opening up music to a new audience.

The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards were held at London's Dorchester Hotel, in conjunction with Radio 3, on Wednesday to honour achievement in the field of live classical music.

The evening saw 15 awards handed out to musicians, composers and writers.

Following a successful opening season at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop was named conductor of the year.

The judges picked up on her highly-acclaimed concerts and recognised her contribution to quality and morale which "promise to transform music making in the south-west".


The large ensemble award was won by the London Sinfonietta which was seen as bucking the trend of sticking to safe repertoires.

Last year was seen as a particularly rich one with 32 premières including one in an underground station and another over the internet.

Listeners of Radio 3 chose Angela Hewitt as their winner following her solo in Dominic Muldowney's 2nd Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The opera award went to Les Art Florissants: ill ritorno d'Ulisse in patria for its ability to transcend the concert format to speak directly to a modern audience.

Lisa Saffer was given the award for singing following her performance of Lulu at the English National Opera, while virtuoso pianist Simon Trpceski won young artist of the year.

An evening dedicated to the awards will be broadcast on Radio 3 on Thursday from 1930 BST.

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