The BPI Classical Committee’s first ever Classical Music Quiz has been won by the team from Universal’s Decca Classics.

he event raised just under £2,200 for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, with the competing teams each paying £100 to enter and the raffle contributing around £600 to the total.

In a close run contest the Decca Classics team, captained by Decca MD Paul Moseley (see pictured – receiving the award from organiser Ben Hogwood) and competing under the name Birgit Nilsson's Valkyries, beat off a spirited challenge from runners-up Albion Media and third placed team PPL. 

The event was held at the Albany pub in London’s Great Portland Street, with MC and quizmaster Jeremy Elliot posing questions set by Gramophone Editor-in-Chief James Jolly.   Participating teams were drawn from record labels Harmonia Mundi, Orchid Classics, Proper Distribution, Retrospective, Select, Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music, as well as the wider music industry, such as Albion Media, Hazard Chase, PPL and Presto.  

PPL Classical Repertoire Specialist and BPI Classical Committee member, Ben Hogwood, who played an instrumental role in organising the charity quiz event, comments:

“We are all delighted with our first charity quiz night for Nordoff Robbins, and were bowled over by the generosity of the record labels taking part, not to mention the ingenuity of the questions from Gramophone Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, who even managed to recruit author Jilly Cooper for a special round based on the classical music used in her novels! We are grateful too to quizmaster Jeremy Elliot for compering the event in such an able and entertaining way and to everyone else that helped and contributed on the night.

“Given the success of the event (and the prestige already enjoyed by the winners!) we intend for this to become a regular event in the classical music industry calendar, whereby raising more money for such a worthy cause. As our outgoing PPL chairman Fran Nevrkla would no doubt say, it's onwards and upwards for next year!”