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Howard Assembly Room video wins RTS Award


An animation commissioned by Opera North to celebrate the programme of classical music in the Howard Assembly Room has won an award from the Royal Television Society.

The online video, ‘Playful and Passionate,’ was created by designer Graham Pilling from Army of Cats and animator Ashley Dean from Broken Pixel. The video was awarded  the Royal Television Society, Yorkshire Centre Award for Animation at a ceremony at the Queen’s Hotel, Leeds, on Monday 11 June.

Graham said:

“My wife and I were in the cinema last night when I got a missed call from Ash asking if I could make it down to the RTS awards, as he'd been hotly tipped that we might win in the animation category. I think I missed the email where Ash told me he had even entered the piece for consideration, so it was a complete shock to be told we might actually win - I had less half an hour to get ready and drive over!

"The organisers were fantastic and set up a table for us at the side so we could sneak in during an intermission. A good Monday night adventure!”

Ashley said:

“It was an honour to be awarded the prestigious prize amongst some strong competition and the judges described the film as a glorious riot of shape and colour.”

The video was commissioned as a creative response to the range of classical music events programmed in the Howard Assembly Room, where performers over the past few seasons have included Freddy Kempf, Ian Bostridge, and Dame Joan Rodgers. Set to Liszt’s ‘La Campanella,’ it showcases classical music as raw, moving, exciting and unexpected.

Photo: Ashley Dean and Graham Pilling with the RTS award at Queen's Hotel, Leeds

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