The atmosphere of the BBC Music awards is brilliant – a fabulous mix of industry experts, recording enthusiasts, loyal readers, VIPs and old friends. As a host of the Reader Event I enjoyed hearing opinions about the magazine and engaging in (almost existential) debate about the quality of, and perceived discrepancies in, our treasured art.
The ceremony itself saw Sir Mark Elder pick up the coveted Recording of the Year prize for the Hallé's recording of Elgar's The Apostles, and awards also went to the incredible pianist Janina Fialkowska and composer Kaija Saariaho. The live performances were stunning – Fialkowska's Chopin unforgettable, and newcomer Mei Yi Foo generated a buzz of excitement among us all.
This wonderful culmination of world-class music making and enthusiastic writing about its course for reading in our everyday lives was celebrated well at Kings Place that afternoon; and it wasn't all hard work – champagne and laughter was in abundance (to say the very least).
|Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo collected the Newcomer of the Year award | Photo: John Millar/BBC Music Magazine|
|In good company – baritone Jacques Imrailo; tenor Mark Padmore; pianist Mei Yi Foo; Berlin Philharmonic cellist Olaf Maninger and composer Kaija Saariaho | Photo: John Millar/BBC Music Magazine|
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