Sir Charles Mackerras received the 2009 Critics' Award at the prestigious Classical BRIT Awards for his recording of Mozart Symphonies 38 - 41 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Charles Mackerras will be conducting the SCO at Festival 09 on 26 August at the Usher Hall. For more info on the Classical BRIT award winners, click here.
Festival 08 conductor Valery Gergiev and soprano Susan Bullock also received accolades this week at the 20th Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards for live classical music. For more information on the RPS award winners, click here.
In her speech at the RPS award ceremony the Chair of Arts Council England Dame Liz Forgan advocated introducing children to major works of classical music at an early age with the statement: "Throwing children alive into a boiling vat of great music does them no harm at all!"