An eagle for Sally

An eagle for Sally


norman lebrecht

March 20, 2017

press release:

Sally Cavender, Director of Performance Music at Faber Music, a passionate champion for contemporary music who has overseen more than 950 commissions over the past three decades, has been awarded the prestigious RPS Leslie Boosey Award for her outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain.

The award, a magnificent bronze eagle by sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink, … recognises the major and beneficial effect she has had on the musical life of the UK over several decades, her dedication to composers and the performance of their music, and her passionate advocacy for the value of new music in today’s world.


  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Excellent news good for the Royal Philharmonic Society.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Has she supported or found commissions for David Matthews, the Grand Old Man of British music? Or for Peter Fribbins, or James Francis Brown or Alan Mills, all younger exploring composers working at a renewal of the tonal (= musical) tradition? Or has she focussed her efforts more on composers lik Birtwistle or George Benjamin or Oliver Knussen or Tom Ades? Is Faber really interested in what happens at the forefront of exploration today or do they keep to the usual suspects of half a century ago? Just asking.

    • George says:

      Right on, John. (how about John McCabe, Richard Rodney Bennett, Paul Patterson, etc.) That’s an Eagle to celebrate the twilight of the doomed avant-garde !