Archives for 2014

RSK Gramophone Award Winners!


RSK Classical is delighted to represent two winners in the Gramophone Awards 2014. The Chamber Awards has been won by the Pavel Haas Quartet with Danjulo Ishizaka for their recording of Schubert’s Death And The Maiden Quartet and the String Quintet on Supraphon. The Dunedin Consort conducted by John Butt have won the Choral Award for their disc of Mozart: Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance) on Linn Records. RSK is responsible for the marketing, publicity and distribution of both labels in the UK.


This is the Pavel Haas Quartet’s third Gramophone Chamber Award, the first of which was for their Janacek and Haas disc in 2007 and followed by the Chamber award in 2011 for the Dvorak album, which was also given the ultimate accolade of Gramophone “Recording of the Year”. Supraphon and RSK are proud that this incredible quartet have once again been recognised for their artistry and passion. The Pavel Haas Quartet will release their highly anticipated recording of the two Smetana quartets in Spring 2015. For a preview please take a look at this clip from a session they recorded with Sinfini Music of Smetana’s String Quartet No.1 “From My Life”

“This is good. Very good. Acclaim and the Pavel Haas Quartet are familiar bedfellows – after all, they did win Gramophone’s Record of the Year for their Dvovák two years ago. But this is their first recording that really steps into a crowded marketplace. They represent the best qualities of the Czech tradition – warmth, sonorousness, individuality, intensity; but what’s striking here is their fearless risk-taking, their fervency and the absolute confidence with which they propel you through these two masterpieces. In the Quintet they have the perfect partner in cellist Danjulo Ishizaka…” Gramophone
Gramophone described the Dunedin Consort’s disc as ‘one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years’. After winning the ‘Baroque Vocal’ Award for ‘Handel: Messiah’ in 2007 we are delighted that this outstanding ensemble has once again been recognised by the top classical music industry awards.

‘Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years. As with all of Butt’s recordings, however, this Mozart Requiem is something of an event. It is Butt’s minute attention to these details, though, that makes this such a thrilling performance.’ Gramophone

Neville Staple at Rough Trade

Neville Staple

Rough Trade customers were treated to a ‘Special’ in-store performance on Wednesday night (11/6/2014) by none other than the ‘Original Rudeboy’ himself, Neville Staple.

RSK & Rough Trade (East) organised the in-store show to celebrate the launch of ‘Ska Crazy’, Neville’s new album which was released in May 2014 through Cleopatra Records.

The guest list was bursting with names from the UK music industry past and present, including Garry Bushell (Pictured with Neville Staple), Jerry Dammers, Pauline Black, Rico Rodriguez and Kevin Rowland.

Neville Staple and his band played a number of tracks from ‘Ska Crazy’ and delighted punters by playing The Specials favourites ‘Gangsters’ and ‘A Message to you Rudy’.

After the performance, Neville stayed around to have his photo taken with fans and sign albums.

Garry Bushell tweeted:

“Neville Staple on fine form @ Ska Crazy album launch last night, loved Roadblock & Time Longer Than Rope live. 30-date tour coming” (

Neville will be on tour in the UK for the rest of the year.

‘Ska Crazy’ is available everywhere now


Rachel Podger Wins BBC Music Magazine Award

RSK & Rachel Podger
Rachel Podger won the instrumental category at the prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards for her acclaimed solo recital album Guardian Angel on Channel Classics. The award was decided by a public vote.
Rachel also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on the day of the Awards to talk to Jane Garvey about the award, her career and upcoming projects. Rachel performed an extract from Guardian Angel live on air for Radio 4 listeners before accepting her award from BBC Music Magazine during an exclusive ceremony at Kings Place.

Rachel Podger: “Each piece of music on this CD has a special, personal significance for me. However clichéd that may sound, a good deal has to do with the nature of playing completely solo – and how you identify with each note, considered and crafted completely in your own space and time. It’s an immense honour to win this award and I’d very much like to thank all those of you who voted, I have never before had the experience of being voted for by the public! I feel as though I should be donning a ball gown and given points for my performance by the ‘Strictly’ judges!”

RSK signs distribution deal with SideOneDummy

Multi-services company RSK Entertainment has signed a distribution deal with SideOneDummy Records.

The agreement will see RSK take on a primary marketing role for the UK, as well as sales and distribution, effective immediately with new releases beginning this month.

SideOneDummy’s digital distribution has moved to INgrooves, but is under RSK’s marketing remit. “We’re thrilled,” said RSK joint managing director, Simon Carver. “We have been talking to SideOneDummy for a while with a view to something rather more proactive than straight sales and distribution.

“Everyone at RSK is looking forward to working closely with long-standing SideOne plugger, Steve Ager and the US office, and we will look to build complementary teams and create effective strategies to take the label forward.”

Added RSK joint managing director, Rashmi Patani: “It is a super label. It has a great outlook and catalogue and we join at a time when SideOne is making key signings and very much looking to develop its new tier of artists.”

The 2014 schedule begins with The Gaslight Anthem’s The B-Sides on January 27, followed by albums from Chuck Ragan and Dresses in March, and an LP?from new signing Pup in April.

RSK moved its physical distribution to Sony DADC in September last year.