RPS Inspire Award

rps-logo-3.jpgWe are thrilled to inform you that The Torbay Symphony Orchestra, along with our Music Director, Richard Gonski, has been shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Inspiration Award in association with BBC Radio 3! These awards celebrate excellence and innovation in classical music and to be recognised in this way is a huge honour and achievement. The Inspiration Award is particularly special as the shortlist is assembled by a panel of specialists with expertise in the non-professional sector, who consider thousands of musical ensembles nationwide to produce a shortlist of just five. And we're one of them! The winners of this category are voted for by the public, so please share the link below and encourage as many people as you can to vote for our very special orchestra. Voting closes on February 1st with the winner announced one month later at the RPS award ceremony in London on March 1st, 2023.

Please support us by voting for the TSO using the link below:


Closing date for votes is 1st February, 2023 at 10.00am.

Here's what the Royal Philharmonic Society says about Torbay Symphony Orchestra:

‘Classical. Contemporary. Community.’ These three words used to describe Torbay Symphony Orchestra capture so much of what is at the heart of the group which draws members from across South Devon with chamber music, orchestral concerts and an impressive commitment to music education in schools. Led by innovative music director Richard Gonski, rehearsals have a friendly and collaborative atmosphere while delving into the musical detail and focussing on the skilful interpretation and communication of orchestral music from all eras, including new works that have been specially commissioned for the orchestra.


Torbay Symphony Orchestra is firmly rooted in its community and its work with young people is equally important as its concert programme. The orchestra is known for giving workshops and taster sessions with primary schools and local music organisations that support children from low-income families, where members of the orchestra passionately describe the positive role music plays in their lives and encourage children to take up an instrument. As well as inspiring the next generation of musicians, some of whom have gone on to music college, the orchestra has been described as a lifeline for its older members, providing much-needed company and friendship.”