The London Philharmonic Orchestra today won a 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Julian Anderson’s The Discovery of Heaven performed at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2012 and conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.
The award was presented by Melvyn Bragg, who described the ‘list of most deserving winners’ as ‘testament to the richness of artistic talent we have at work today’.
Among the other winners were Julie Walters, the Royal Court’s production of Jez Butterworth’s The River, and Complicite’s The Master and Margarita. BBC series Twenty Twelve was named best comedy and BBC Two’s Parade’s End best TV drama. Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire won the dance category, while the opera prize was awarded to Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales’ Ghost Patrol.
Julian Anderson is the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer in Residence and the work was commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with support from The Boltini Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation and the New York Philharmonic.
Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, London Philharmonic said:
‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to win a South Bank Sky Arts Award for work we performed with our Composer in Residence Julian Anderson. It recognises not just his extraordinary music but also the work he does mentoring young composers with the Orchestra. The range and quality represented by the nominees (including LSO/Wynton Marsalis and Iestyn Davies) highlights why London plays such a critical role in the classical music world. We are currently 10 concerts into The Rest Is Noise – twelve months of programming devoted entirely to 20th-century music – and we are seeing record attendances. This reinforces that even in financially challenging times we, as producers and programmers, must be brave in our planning and trust that funders see the audience response and continue to show us their support.‘
The LPO will issue a recording of the award-winning performance in the Autumn and you can hear Julian Anderson talk about the work here.
The awards will air on Sky Arts 1 at 9.30pm on Thursday (March 14).
Julian Anderson photo © Maurice Foxall