Professor Jonathan Cross Series Consultant on Award-Winning Stravinsky Project

Professor Jonathan Cross, Official Student (Fellow) and Tutor in Music at Christ Church and Professor of Musicology at the University of Oxford, was the consultant on a project that won a prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Award at a ceremony this week.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017 award ceremony took place on 9 July at the Savoy Hotel in London. Hosted by Melvyn Bragg, the ceremony was attended by leading figures in arts and culture, including producers, directors and performing artists. The awards, launched in 1996, are given to commend the greatest contributors to all aspects of the arts over the past 12 months - prizes are awarded for literature, theatre, visual art, film, opera, classical music, pop music, dance, comedy, and TV drama. The Times Breakthrough Award is also given, as is an award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.

The winner of the Classical Music category was the Philharmonia Orchestra, for its 2016 series ‘Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals’, under the artistic direction of conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, and for which Professor Cross was the Series Consultant. The project centred around a series of performances of Stravinsky’s works by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as other performances taking place in San Francisco and Aix-en-Provence, and received glowing reviews in the national press.

Professor Cross advised on repertoire and programmes for the project, as well as editing and writing much of the series programme book and helping to produce and present films and other digital materials on Stravinsky and his background. During performances of the series, Professor Cross also gave audience talks prior to concerts, took part in broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and led study days held at the South Bank. Throughout all of his involvement in the project, Professor Cross has been able to present his extensive research on Stravinsky to a large new audience.

The 35-minute documentary ‘Stravinsky’s Journeys’, in which Professor Cross speaks about Stravinksy’s years in Paris, can be viewed on YouTube, and an interactive timeline of Stravinsky’s life is available to view on the Philharmonia website.

You can also read more about Professor Cross’s acclaimed new biography of Stravinsky on the publisher’s website.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards ceremony will be broadcast on Sky Arts at 8pm on Wednesday 12 July.