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.
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.
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