Gramophone today announces the ten ensembles shortlisted for the Orchestra of the Year Award at the 2019 Gramophone Awards, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is one of them. This award, presented with Apple Music, celebrates ensembles that have made significant recorded contributions in the past year and, once again, reflects the excellence of music-making across the globe.
The Award, in association with Apple Music, will be decided by public vote, and the winner will be revealed at a glamorous ceremony at London’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on Wednesday October 16.
Each of the ten ensembles is featured in a specially created Apple Music playlist, with an 11th playlist featuring all the orchestras that will be refreshed with new tracks every few weeks. you can see our playlist below:
The voting period runs until midnight on September 7, and readers will be able to vote for their chosen ensemble via the Gramophone website.
Launched last year, Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year Award attracted more than 24,000 votes from all around the world, with the Seattle Symphony securing the accolade. This year, a greater number of public votes are expected, with campaigns running on Gramophone’s website and social media platforms in addition to featured playlists on Apple Music. and related playlists on Apple Music. As well as a dynamic playlist featuring all ten ensembles (updated regularly), each orchestra will have its own playlist featuring recent recordings as well as classics from each ensemble’s catalogue.
James Jolly, Editor in Chief of Gramophone, stated:
The first-ever Orchestra of the Year Award last year captured the imaginations of more than 20,000 music lovers from all over the world, and propelled the Seattle Symphony to victory. This year Gramophone has shortlisted ten ensembles who have made a huge impact over the last year, invariably thanks to a special dynamism between conductor and players. Guided by some superb recordings, we’ve highlighted ten magnificent ensembles. Just head to Apple Music to listen to the playlists and caset your vote.
You can vote for us here and listen to our playlist below!
Notes to Editors
The annual Gramophone Classical Music Awards, the world’s most influential classical recorded-music prizes, were launched in 1977 by Gramophone magazine (founded in 1923 by Sir Compton Mackenzie). The Awards celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2017. Available internationally, Gramophone publishes a bespoke edition of the magazine for North America. Gramophone’s full, searchable archive of magazines from 1923 to the latest issue is available digitally for iPad and other tablet devices, smartphone or computer. The 2018 Awards were streamed live on Medici.TV and watched (live or on catch-up) by more than 95,000 people.