Concerteenies awarded ‘Inspiration’ award by the Royal Philharmonic Society

“Concerteenies”, a concert series based in Sheffield and aimed at 0-5 year olds, has been awarded the prestigious “Inspiration” award by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

The new Inspiration Award was introduced especially to celebrate the extraordinary music - making that has uplifted the nation during lockdown. For this award, the RPS opened nominations to the public for the first time, inviting households nationwide to share music that has particularly moved them since March’s outbreak of the pandemic with an unprecedented 2,600 nominations received.

Filmed at the Wigmore Hall and broadcast live online, this year’s 2020 RPS Awards was presented by BBC Radio 3’s Georgia Mann and featured a prestigious line-up, including Steven Spielberg, John Williams, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nicola Benedetti and Natalya Romaniw.

Concerteenies, who normally present live concerts, moved online in March 2020 to continue to provide inspiring musical opportunities for young children and their families. The series ‘24-Hour Soundtrack’ featured top professional musicians, including Stephen Isserlis, Martin Roscoe, Pekka Kuusisto, Matthew Hunt, Roderick Williams and Tim Horton performing directly from their homes around the world as well as engaging many young people from the region.

The initiative was a fundraiser for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Trust and was delivered in partnership with Sheffield Music Hub, Sheffield Music Academy and Twinkl.

The 24 inspirational films represent the 'typical' life of a family with young children in lockdown.

The aim was to inspire families to be musical and creative in their everyday lives, as well as incorporating music into school learning activities and their home. Themes included train games, musical phonics, tidying up time, drawing, a park walk, running races, 'Witching Hour', a bedtime story, night-time lullabies and more!

Polly Ives, director of Concerteenies says;

I am delighted to receive this hugely prestigious award. I can’t express how much this recognition for Concerteenies work means to me and all the wonderful musicians and the team involved at such a challenging time. This award strengthens our belief in the power of music - especially for families with very young children. It drives us to keep engaging as many people as possible across different communities in high quality music to create more musical homes.

Concerteenies sends a heartfelt thanks to everyone who gave their time voluntarily by performing and giving fundraising, marketing and online support. Polly would like to extend an extra big thanks to Hannah Jones and Will Ives for working tirelessly on making the entire project possible.


Concerteenies, founded in 2017 by Polly Ives, presents quality musical experiences for children aged 0-5 in early years settings (nurseries, schools, childminders), at home (with their siblings and extended family) and with their local community (through local venues and care homes).

Contact Polly Ives on or 07740708837


For over 200 years, the Royal Philharmonic Society has been at the heart of music, creating opportunities for musicians to excel, championing the vital role that music plays in all our lives. It all began in 1813 when a group of musicians set out to establish a series of orchestral concerts in London. The Society’s regular performances attracted world-class artists including Mendelssohn and Wagner, and it commissioned exhilarating new music for an eager public to hear: most famously, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In its founding gesture, the Society created a lasting culture. Other orchestras found their footing and their music resounds across Britain today.

200 years later, the Society continues to celebrate and empower musicians who – like its founders – strive to enrich society with all that they do. Through grants, commissions, coaching and performance opportunities, the RPS helps exciting young performers and composers find their voice. Through the renowned annual RPS Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the Society celebrates the quality, impact and ingenuity of the finest artists and creative forces at work today. Through its Membership, the RPS aims to cultivate national pride and curiosity in classical music, and rouse audiences to recognise the vital and valued role they play in the country's thriving musical heritage. Through all its endeavours, the RPS is dedicated to proving classical music’s rightful and powerful place in society.

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