Vasily Petrenko and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are nominated for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in the Classical Music category. They are nominated for their performance of Mahler’s Symphonies 1 and 2. The performances were set to be the start of a complete Mahler cycle from Petrenko and RLPO that was sadly curtailed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The winners will be announced on Sunday, 18 July at London’s Savoy. The ceremony will air on Thursday, 22 July at 21:00 BST on Sky Arts.

Now in its 25th year, The South Bank Sky Arts Awards are the only awards in the world to celebrate every genre of the Arts, including Dance, Theatre, Pop, TV Drama, Film, Classical Music, Literature, Opera, Comedy and Visual Art.

Melvyn Bragg, there ceremony’s host and editor, said: “This is the 25th anniversary of the Awards and, with luck, we are back to a huge gathering of some of the finest artists across the board in the United Kingdom. This is an Awards show which also includes performances of the highest quality – and is altogether a positive and happy statement of the Arts in Britain today.”

Phillip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, Sky, said: “After a year like no other where performers and artists across all the genres have found new and innovative ways of working it’s with a real sense of excitement and pride that we welcome them back to celebrate all their amazing achievements in 2020. And in this its 25th year the South Bank Sky Awards promises to be even more special.”

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