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.
The President’s Award recognises the achievements of those who volunteer directly for Making Music. Nominations are considered each July and announced annually at Making Music's Council Meeting.
Some of those volunteers have been with Making Music for a very long time and their efforts have had a significant impact. It was in recognition of this fact that the Award was established early in 2010, although it is far from being merely a long-service certificate.
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.