Birmingham Contemporary Music Group beat off competition from its sister organisation the CBSO last night to win a prestigious national award.
BCMG took the audience development category in the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards - Britain's leading awards for live classical music - at London's Dorchester Hotel for its programme of rural tours in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Birmingham was guaranteed a winner in the category, presented in association with Classic FM, with the CBSO the only other organisation on the shortlist.
It was nominated for its Harmony Project, which last season brought a series of Indian- themed concerts, including a sell-out event with superstar Bollywood composer A R Rahman.
It was a double disappointment for the CBSO, with music director Sakari Oramo, one of three nominees as conductor of the year, missing out to the Royal Opera House's Antonio Pappano.
However, BCMG, founded by CBSO players in 1998, is still very much part of its extended family.
Contemporary music in the West Midlands received further recognition with Leamington composer Howard Skempton winning the award for a chamber- scale composition.
The award for large-scale composition went to ex-BCMG music director Thomas Ades for his opera The Tempest.
BCMG has been taking free concerts to village halls in Shropshire for the past seven years, and added Herefordshire and Worcestershire to its itinerary this year.
The next free rural concert is at the JMHS Performing Arts College, Ledbury, this Sunday (7pm), including two pieces by Howard Skempton, two recent collaborations between Judith Weir and storyteller Vayu Naidu and two pieces by Stravinsky.
Other winners at last night's awards included the Halle Orchestra (Ensemble) and Opera North (Opera and Music Theatre). Veteran conductor Sir Charles Mackerras, 80 this year, was awarded the RPS Gold Medal - the UK's highest honour for classical music - as well as collecting the Radio 3 listeners' award.
Radio 3 will broadcast an evening devoted to the awards tonight from 7.30pm.