Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) has been nominated for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Award for its 2014 mass participation performance at Millennium Point.

A thousand people came together to perform ‘Crowd Out’ last June, regardless of musical experience and capabilities. The participants sang, yelled, talked, shouted and whispered their way through the performance at various points.

BCMG recruited performers from across the city, including local choirs and musical groups, and they came together to perform the piece in the Atrium at Millennium Point on 8th June 2014.

Philip Singleton, CEO for Millennium Point, said: “It is such a well-deserved nomination considering the hard work and dedication that went into such a huge performance. We are thrilled to have been part of such an excellent local initiative that resulted in a compelling cultural event in Birmingham. BCMG used our spectacular spaces in a phenomenal way and we hope to encourage other arts organisations to see the possibilities of collaborating with us.”

Crowd Out was composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning American Composer David Lang, produced by BCMG and directed by City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus Director Simon Halsey.

The work has now been recognised by the RPS in their annual Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, which is the highest recognition for live classical music and musical excellence in the UK.

Awards in 13 categories are chosen by independent juries from the music profession – from performers, composers and inspirational arts organisations to learning, participation and engagement.

Stephen Newbould, Artistic Director of BCMG, commented: “We are overjoyed at this recognition of our work. The RPS Awards are judged by some of the biggest names in classical music, meaning that once again BCMG is helping to put Birmingham’s name on the international music map. What better way to do this than with Crowd Out, a production that could not have happened without the support and active involvement of Birmingham people.”

Winners will be announced at the RPS Music Awards ceremony on Tuesday 5 May, with a special RPS Music Awards programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 11 May at 7.30pm.