David Matthews recording wins award
12 Apr 2011
BBC National Orchestra of Wales have won the Premiere Recording category at the BBC Music Magazine Awards for their disc of David Matthews' Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6, conducted by the Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor, Jac van Steen and produced by Dutton Epoch.
The winners of the world's best selling classical music magazine awards were announced at a ceremony held at King's Place in London on 12 April and were presented by BBC Music Magazine Editor Oliver Condy and BBC Radio Presenter James Naughtie.
In addition to the categories voted for online by the public, there were five Jury Awards which, as well as Premiere Recording, included Disc of the Year, Technical Excellence, Best Newcomer and DVD of the Year. The BBC Music Magazine jurors were joined by Andrew McGregor, presenter of BBC Radio 3's CD Review and a panel of regular magazine contributors including George Hall of the Guardian; Sony award-winning broadcaster Stephen Johnson, Christopher Dingle of the Birmingham Conservatoire and Dr Berta Joncus from Goldsmith's College, University of London to decide the award winners.
Director of BBC National Orchestra of Wales, David Murray, said,
"We are delighted to receive the news about this award which acknowledges not only excellence in performance but also the Orchestra's commitment to contemporary music both in Wales and beyond. We are especially pleased that the award also draws attention to the tireless work of our Principal Guest Conductor, Jac van Steen in promoting music of our own time".
Tim Thorne, Senior Producer of BBC National Orchestra of Wales said,
"It's a wonderful achievement for us, we're thrilled to win this award. It's been a joy for us to work with Jac van Steen, David Matthews and Dutton. We were honoured for the first time to work with David on the premiere of his the sixth symphony with Jac at the Proms, to universal critical acclaim. Secondly we were delighted to follow that up with such a vibrant and warm recording on Dutton, a label with such a fine reputation for interesting and challenging repertoire. And now that's been crowned with this prestigious award. We're indebted to David for writing such fine music and his tireless efforts to make it available on CD."