- Your favourite classical music – right in the heart of Grayshott
- The only UK village regularly staging major works performed by top professional musicians
- Showcasing some of the world’s best soloists, orchestras, choirs, conductors and composers
- 4-5 events each year – selling out weeks, often months in advance
- Supported by ‘Friends of Grayshott Concerts’ who enjoy priority booking
Why endure the hassle, cost and pollution of struggling to far-away venues ....
.... when ‘Grayshott Concerts’ are within easy reach of home?
Sir Karl Jenkins, Patron of Grayshott Concerts,
wins Sir Charles Groves Prize
Prestigious award goes to one of the world's most successful living composers.
Making Music has awarded the 2016 Sir Charles Groves Prize to Sir Karl Jenkins. Acknowledged as the world's most performed living composer, Sir Karl Jenkins' prolific career spans the music worlds of classic, jazz, advertising and film. In 2015 he was confirmed as the most popular living composer in Classic FM's 'Ultimate Hall of Fame'.
The Board of Making Music was unanimous and enthusiastic in selecting Sir Karl Jenkins for this award, given the accessibility and enormous popularity of his works with amateur choirs in particular up and down the country, introducing new generations of amateur performers and their audiences to ground-breaking work from a living composer.
“It is with great pride that I accept the prestigious Sir Charles Groves Prize for 2016. In these difficult times for music subsidy, and governmental indifference, Making Music does a huge amount of work in supporting and promoting this aspect of the nation's cultural life. I feel honoured to have been asked.” - Sir Karl Jenkins
“Making Music is delighted to be recognising Sir Karl Jenkins fantastic contribution to music with our prestigious Sir Charles Groves Prize. Many of our music groups find not only that his music speaks to them, but that it is accessible and allows them to engage with new music and issues in today's society. Sir Karl's music transcends traditional genre classifications and brings communities together, which is very much in the spirit of what our members do, week in, week out, across the UK.” - Barbara Eifler, Making Music Executive Director
The Sir Charles Groves Prize is awarded bi-annually by Making Music to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the UK, with past recipients including Sir Colin Davies, Gareth Malone and the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts. The award was established in 1990 in honour of the lauded English conductor Sir Charles Groves who, along with his wife Lady Hilary Groves*, gave exceptional support to Making Music during his lifetime.
The Sir Charles Groves Prize recognises the outstanding contribution that individuals and organisations make to the cultural life of communities in the UK.
Making Music 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.
* In 2012, Making Music awarded the Lady Hilary Groves Prize to the Founders of Grayshott Concerts, Peter and Vivien Harrison, for their ‘outstanding contribution to music in the community'.