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The Queen's Birthday Honours

Monday 15 June 2015


Our warmest congratulations go out to several individuals associated with the RCM whose achievements were recognised in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Conductor and alumnus Sir Neville Marriner was made a Companion of Honour for Services to Music. There are only 65 companions of honour at any time and the current list includes soprano Dame Janet Baker, as well as composers Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

RCM Research Fellow in Composition Mark-Anthony Turnage – composer of operas Greek and Anna Nicole – was awarded a CBE for Services to Music. So too was RCM alumnus Simon Halsey, who was also recently awarded the Queen's Medal for Music.

Honours were also given to clarinettist Michael Collins, who studied at the RCM Junior Department, and Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra David Whelton, who was awarded an HonRCM at the RCM’s annual awards ceremony in 2013. The RCM's ongoing relationship with the Philharmonia has seen high profile collaborations at the Royal Festival Hall, including a performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé as part of the Orchestra's festival Paris: City of Light.

Our congratulations to them, and to all of those honoured.