Music professor wins second international award
Professor John Butt from the Department of Music has won his second major international award for the Dunedin Consort’s recording of Handel’s Messiah.
The MIDEM Classical Award was presented to Professor Butt as the Musical Director of the consort at a ceremony in Cannes yesterday (30 January). The recording, which was judged the best performance in the baroque vocal category, also received a Classic FM Gramophone Award in October 2007.
Professor Butt said: “This is a really outstanding achievement for the Dunedin consort and we are delighted to have received not only one but two international awards. The MIDEM award is particularly satisfying for us since it introduces our work to the entirety of the music industry of which classical music is only a very small part. This comes at an especially opportune time since our recording of Bach’s Matthew Passion, also with Linn Records, is due to be released in the next few weeks”.
MIDEM is an annual music industry event which brings together almost 10,000 music labels, artists, publishers and managers. This year MIDEM runs from 27-31 January. Now in their fourth year, the MIDEM Classical Awards celebrate the best classical artists and productions of the time.
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First published: 31 January 2008