Founder of Music for Everyone wins Lady Hilary Groves Prize
- National prize awarded by Making Music to recognise outstanding contribution to music in the community
- Awarded to Angela Kay, for outstanding contribution to the musical life of Nottingham and the East Midlands
- Angela founded Music for Everyone over 30 years ago on a shoestring budget. The charity now involves over 2,000 people annually
- Lady Hilary Groves was former vice-president of Making Music and ardent supporter of amateur music making in the UK
Making Music is delighted to announce Angela Kay as the recipient of its Lady Hilary Groves Prize for 2015. Awarded to one individual in the UK each year, the Lady Hilary Groves Award is presented to a member nominated by their group for their outstanding contribution to music in the community.
Angela founded Nottingham-based charity Music for Everyone in 1983, putting on her first event with a shoestring budget. Since then the charity has developed a highly successful youth programme and regularly involves over 2,000 local amateur musicians each year.
The Lady Hilary Groves Prize continues an impressive line of accolades for Angela, who was awarded an honorary degree by Nottingham Trent University in 2003 for her services to Music Education and an MBE for her services to music in Nottinghamshire in the New Year Honours, 2014.
Peter Lawson, Chair of Making Music, says:
“Angela Kay has an extraordinary musical talent, and over many years she has channelled this into a wide range of music making in and around Nottingham. Perhaps her most notable achievement is the creation of 'Music for Everyone', an impressive and wide ranging adult and youth programme sponsored by Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. Without her drive and enthusiasm, musical life throughout this part of the East Midlands would be much the poorer. She is a worthy winner of the Lady Hilary Groves Prize this year.”
Angela was presented with the award at Music for Everyone’s Christmas concert at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 13 December.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Angela Kay, please contact George Acock, Publications at firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7939 6041
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Notes to editors:
Since 1935,Making Musichas been the membership organisation for amateur music in the UK, bringing together musicians and music groups of all genres and abilities. We support, connect and champion everyone who makes, performs and presents music on a voluntary basis. The services we provide allow our members – ranging from symphony orchestras to samba bands – to cross the boring things off their ‘to-do’ lists and get on with making music.
As the voice of voluntary music among policy makers and stakeholders at a national and regional level, we aim to transform lives and enrich communities across the UK through music making.
The Lady Hilary Groves Prize
Established in 1990 to commemorate conductor Sir Charles Groves’ 75th birthday, the national prize marks the contribution of Lady Hilary Groves to Making Music as both Vice-President and an ardent supporter of amateur music making in the UK. The prize, a certificate signed by Making Music’s patron the Duchess of Kent, is presented annually to an individual member of an affiliated organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to music in the community.
Music for Everyone
Originally formed as the Nottingham Choral Trust in 1983 by Angela Kay, its Artistic Director. The founding aim was to promote weekend choral courses and concerts for singers from all walks of life in the Nottingham area. Committed from the beginning to an imaginative and adventurous approach to choral music, the work of the Trust has developed rapidly since then. Today Music for Everyone has eleven performing groups, both adult and youth, choral and instrumental, involving over one thousand participants. It also presents a varied programme of high quality concerts per season.