Abergavenny Orchestral Society nominated James Joseph for the Lady Hilary Groves prize, awarded by Making Music “… to an individual from a Making Music member group who has made a significant positive impact on the musical life of their group or an outstanding contribution to music in the community.”, and many of his friends and colleagues contributed their thoughts towards the application. There was a space limit for the application, please forgive the editorial process that had to be undertaken, which meant that not all comments posted made it in to the application.
As it turned out, the award went elsewhere, although we all find it impossible to imagine how anyone could have made more of an impact on the musical life of a community than James in Abergavenny. However that doesn’t really matter, it is more important that people have had a chance to express what a wonderful contribution James has made to their lives, and James now has a copy of the application plus all of the supporting testimony collected via this website and elsewhere. Being such a self-effacing individual, I think he is very glad he didn’t win! But he does know how highly he is regarded!