A gallery featuring images from 20 of the 24 keys personified in the Signature Series.  Graphics designed by Ben Didier of CBC Music.

The Prix Italia is one of the most coveted awards in broadcasting in the world. It’s an incredible honour for me and for my co-producer Denise Ball to announce that the Signature Series has won a 2013 Prix Italia in the category “Work on Music”.

Here is the citation from the Prix Italia jury:

“In a series of 5 minute programmes the listener is invited to discover how particular musical key signatures have been used by composers over the centuries to define certain specific human characteristics. The jury found that this was an innovative and simple format that was extremely effective in helping to bring new listeners to classical music.

By personalising each key signature – B minor: the dark romantic, A minor: the faded beauty – each programme takes the listener through a broad range of classical music genres and others, all very skilfully edited together, to form a specific character. This is continued online in the programme’s ingenious website which invites the listener to identify with a particular key signature, and share it with others.

This programme genuinely breaks new ground.”

Read the official CBC Music announcement here. Music critic John Terauds had this to say. (Thanks, John!)

I feel thrilled and very lucky that this the 2nd time one of my programs has been awarded a Prix Italia. The first was for my series The Wire: the Impact of Electricity on Music, co-produced with Chris Brookes and Jowi Taylor for CBC Radio 1.