Epic Awards

The Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year.

The 2020 Epic Awards closed for applications on 14 June 2020. This year, a diversity of inspiring groups and projects were awarded at our first virtual ceremony on Thursday 22 October. Discover the stories of each winner. Read more in our press release.

Each year, shortlisted entries are put forward for the highly coveted People's Choice Award while winners and runners-up from each of the four main categories (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) are selected by our panel of judges.

The Epic Awards are an annual chance for your creative group or project to be recognised for the incredible work you've done over the past year. 

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Roscommon Solstice Choir - BBC Breakfast

2017 People's Choice Award winners Roscommon Solstice Choir celebrating their win on BBC One's Breakfast show

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Oriel Traditional OrchestraEstablished in 2017, the Oriel Traditional Orchestra was founded with the aim to explore the musical heritage of the region and grew to become a cross-border intergenerational community orchestra. It was initially self-funded and led by four local music teachers and lecturers on a voluntary basis. OTO attracted children learning instruments, regularly playing adults and those who didn’t have other opportunities to continue playing. The group gained charitable status and worked to host rehearsals in three locations to accommodate members across the region. Members are involved in organisational and logistical roles within OTO. The group have since been successful in gaining funding for the commissioning of a new suite of music inspired by the region, premiered in April 2019.


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