Sir Charles Groves Prize

The Sir Charles Groves Prize recognises the outstanding contribution that individuals and organisations make to the cultural life of communities in the UK.

We established the Sir Charles Groves Prize in 1990 in recognition of the outstanding contribution that individuals and organisations make to the cultural life of communities in the UK.

The prize honours the remarkable contribution of Sir Charles to both amateur music, as a former president of Making Music, and to British musicianship and composition. It was launched to mark the renowned conductor's 75th birthday.

2014 winner: Nicola Benedetti

World-renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti was awarded the 2014 Sir Charles Groves Prize in recognition of her commitment to free music education for all.

The award was presented by Making Music Executive Director Barbara Eifler after Benedetti’s appearance at the Cheltenham Music Festival on Sunday 6 July, when the violinist performed Shostakovich and Holst with a large ensemble of young string players from Gloucestershire.

I'm thrilled to have been give this prize by Making Music, which provides such invaluable support to the UK's amateur music ensembles. Creativity and music in our lives is more needed and more cherished than ever, and Making Music's members are proof of this. It is an honour to be recognised in this way.

Nicola Benedetti

Making Music is delighted to be recognising Nicola Benedetti’s exceptional commitment to the next generation of musicians with our prestigious Sir Charles Groves Prize. Like Nicola, the amateur music groups we represent are passionate about music making being accessible to all, so Nicola was a natural choice as this year’s winner.

Barbara Eifler

Past winners

2014: Nicola Benedetti

2013: Darren Henley

2012: Gareth Malone

2011: Sing Up

2010: Sir Colin Davis

2009: Larry Westland CBE

2008: Susannah Simons and Roger Wright

2007: Howard Goodall

2006: Glastonbury Festival for Contemporary Performing Arts

2005: Gavin Henderson

2004: Clive Gillinson

2003: Christopher Bell

2002: The Lindsays

2001: Philip Langridge

2000: Edinburgh International Music Festival