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

Yorkshire Late Starters Strings< Back to Shortlist

Yorkshire Late Starters Strings is a special strings orchestra based in Leeds catering for anyone who wants to join - no auditions necessary. The group includes adult learners and those who are returning to playing their instrument after many years off! YLSS members learn from professional musicians in a supportive, friendly and non-competitive atmosphere.

The group organise weekly orchestral sessions as well as social events, play days with visiting musicians and a residential weekend course. The biennial ‘Orchestra seeks Composer’ project sees the group commissioning new piece of music for the orchestra to play. The 2017 edition received over 40 entries from across the UK and further afield.

Having worked with Judith Weir, Master of Queen’s Music, to select a shortlist of four entries, the group met with each of them and eventually selected a winner. YLSS have been rehearsing Mark Browse’s piece, ‘Five Variations on Pana Lingua’, and there are plans to release a recording as well as perform the piece. The commissioning process has been an ambitious and challenging but ultimately very rewarding for all involved.


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