APRS Sound Fellowship Awards lunch sponsored by R?DE and Genelec

RØDE and Genelec, in conjunction with their UK distributor Source Distribution, were joint platinum sponsors of the 2011 APRS Sound Fellowship Awards Lunch, which was hosted by Sir George and Lady Judy Martin this week at the Roof Gardens Restaurant in Kensington, London.

The annual Sound Fellowship Awards Lunch, inaugurated in 2007 to mark the 60th anniversary of the APRS, acknowledges the contribution of six individuals to the art, science or business of sound recording.

This year saw the awards presented to legendary guitarist Jimmy Page, record producers Joe Boyd, Rupert Hine and Chris Thomas, console designer Clive Green and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.

MC duties were shared between APRS director Peter Filleul and Dr David Fisher, former director of Tonmeister studies at the University of Surrey. The Harewood Toast (given in recognition of the Earl of Harewood, the founding president of the APRS) was proposed by Steven Nevin, CEO of the Music Publisher’s Association, and gave a fascinating insight into the history and changing role of the publisher in today’s music industry.

In addition to receiving his Sound Fellowship award from special guest Sir Bob Geldof, Rupert Hine also delivered the President’s Toast in honour of host Sir George Martin.

Commenting on the lunch, Source managing director Ian Jones, said “This is the first year that the APRS have invited platinum sponsors for the Sound Fellowship Awards Lunch, and we were delighted that our friends at Rode and Genelec agreed to help us and the APRS make the event the spectacular success that it was. I can’t recall ever sharing a room with so many legendary UK recording industry professionals – figures like Sir George Martin, Jimmy Page, Sir Bob Geldof, Rupert Hine, Glyn Johns, Ken Scott and Paul Epworth have all genuinely helped define and shape the history of popular music. As well as being an inspiration and an honour, it reminded us all of the wealth of recording talent that the UK continues to produce. That’s truly worth celebrating.”