Earlier this week, the fourth annual Nordoff Robbins Classical Quiz took place. The event was organised by the BPI Classical Committee and PPL, and sponsored by the BPI and raised just over £6,000 for our life-changing music!

For a second time, the quiz was won by the team from Universal Music UK, captained by Senior Metadata Manager, Jonathon Bird. They finished narrowly ahead of Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, who came second and third respectively in a contest of 20 teams.

The Flamingo Room in O’Neill’s Wardour Street was full to capacity as the new venue for the quiz.  Some 150 attendees demonstrated their classical knowledge and generously supported a raffle boasting prizes that ranged from premium opera and festival tickets, hampers and champagne to the traditional mountain of CD and DVD box-sets kindly donated by the always- generous record labels and other supporters.

The quiz was compiled by Gramophone Editor-in-Chief James Jolly and included guest presenters for the first time – clarinettist Julian Bliss and pianists Lucy Parham and Charles Owen, who contributed to a video-round of piano concerto introductions (without the sound!). The compère was again Jeremy Elliott.

As part of the evening, staff member Roque Collante spoke to guests about Nordoff Robbins, explaining how the money raised will help to support our vital work. The quiz has contributed over £16,000 to our life-changing music since it was first staged in 2015, and is now firmly established as an annual fixture in the classical music calendar.