The prize was formerly known as the Sir Charles Groves Internal Prize and was awarded alongside the Sir Charles Groves Prize. It was renamed in 2003 following the death of Lady Hilary Groves – a Vice President of Making Music and an ardent supporter of amateur music making in the UK.
This prestigious prize, a certificate signed by Making Music's patron, HRH the Duchess of Kent, is presented annually to an individual from a Making Music member group making an outstanding contribution to music in the community.
The winner is selected from individual music makers nominated by their group.
Mark Lawrence of the Big Friendly Choir was presented with this year's prize by board member, Glynne Stackhouse, at the premiere performance of Mark's community opera, 1918: Home at Last who said:
The huge church was crowded with an audience that was obviously mainly connected with the performers and they clearly enjoyed themselves. I was struck by the quality of the music and of the performance, and by the wide range of people, from primary school age to post-retirement, taking part in it. I think Mark was a really deserving recipient.
2017: Clare Edwards of notorious choir
2016: Lila Hallett of Chester Music Society
2015: Angela Kay of Music for Everyone
2014: Andrea Encinas of British Gospel Arts
2013: Adrian Brown of Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra Society
2012: Peter and Vivien Harrison of Grayshott Concerts and Graham Reid of Aberdeen Strathspey & Reel Society
2010: Victoria Vandy of Watford Symphony Orchestra
2009: Dr. Maheshwar Godbole of the Indian Classical Music Society
2008: Julia O'Connor-Beach of Tyndale Choral Society
2007: Vivienne Bellos of Alyth Choral Society
2006: Margaret Frogson of Nottingham Symphonic Winds
2005: Martin Hooper of Sowerby Music Club
2004: David Aylett of Aylesbury Festival Choir
2002: Valerie Baulard of the Langcliffe Singers, Yorkshire (Sir Charles Groves Internal Prize)
2001: Elizabeth Emerson of Young Musicians Stornoway (Sir Charles Groves Internal Prize)
2000: Richard White of the Phoenix Singers, Shrewsbury (Sir Charles Groves Internal Prize)