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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Formed in Manchester in early 2016, The Sunday Boys embarked on their first large-scale project in the summer of 2017 when they performed 50 Years of Change to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which initiated the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. They are an open access, gay male choir who have quickly established themselves as a popular community group.

50 Years of Change saw the group performing music by a range of LGBTQI+ composers from throughout history, including Benjamin Britten, Poulenc and Queen, and also commission three new works written by composers who identify as LGBTQI+. One commissioned piece was by an established composer and two were by early career composers based in Manchester. Almost 200 people attended the concert at Halle St Peters in central Manchester in July 2017 before the show toured to Bury Art Gallery and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The project brought the 31 members of the choir together as a community to work together towards a common goal and engaged a diverse audience across Manchester and beyond in celebrating an important milestone in equal rights.


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