Musicians honoured in Queen’s birthday honours list

- 17 June 2013

Jonathan Reekie CBE, among the reeds at Aldeburgh

Jonathan Reekie, chief executive of Aldeburgh Music, has been awarded the CBE in the year when his institution is the focus of the Britten 100 celebrations, while the departing director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Jonathan Mills, has been given a Knighthood for taking the festival ‘into new realms’ and reinforcing its position as ‘one of the most important cultural events in the world’.

The Sage Gateshead’s general director, Anthony Sargent, was also awarded the CBE, not long after the Royal Northern Sinfonia, resident ensemble at the Sage, was bestowed with its royal title.

Baritone Alan Opie, Wigmore Hall director John Gilhooly and Opera North director Richard Mantle are awarded the OBE. Gilhooly, who has also been chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Soceity since 2010, said he was ‘surprised and pleased by this recognition … So many people have helped me throughout my career and especially in the past decade; I’m really grateful to all of them’.

Alan Opie, awarded the OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Photo: Michael Cooper

Carolyn Date, manager of Bournemouth Symphony Chorus for 24 years and a member for 35, was awarded the MBE, with BSC president Richard Blackford congratulating her for her ‘tireless dedication and inspiration’.

MBEs also went to television and radio presenter Aled Jones, Only Men Aloud and Only Boys Aloud founder Timothy Rhys Evans, and Suzanne Bull, chief executive of charity Attitude is Everything, which works with venues to increase access to live music for deaf and disable people.

‘My ultimate goal is for deaf and disabled people to be able to attend, work or perform at any event that they wish,’ said Bull. ‘It’s a utopian view, I know, but this is genuinely because I don’t understand why there should be any barriers to this, attitudinal or physical.’

Richard Furstenheim, organist and director of music at the Chapel Royal, was made a member of the Royal Victorian Order.

Elsewhere, Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota was made a Member of the Companions of Honour, and Jonathan Stephens, outgoing permanent secretary of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Bath, especially in rec.ognition for his work for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour

Sir Nicholas Serota. Director, Tate. For services to Art. (London)



Jonathan Alistair James Reekie. Chief executive, Aldeburgh Music. For services to Music. (Snape, Suffolk)

Anthony Sargent. General Director, Sage Gateshead. For services to the Arts in North East England. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear)



John Gilhooly. Director, Wigmore Hall. For services to Music. (London)

Dr Richard John Mantle, DL. General director, Opera North. For services to Music. (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)

Alan Opie. Operatic Baritone. For services to Music. (Dorking, Surrey)



Martin Gerard Brophy. Founder, Sing Out and Various Voices London. For services to music and the community. (London)

Ms Suzanne Bull. Chief executive officer, Attitude is Everything. For services to music, the arts and disabled people. (London)

Mrs Carolyn Lesley Eileen Date. Secretary and chorus manager, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. For services to music. (Bournemouth, Dorset)

Timothy Rhys Evans. Music director, Only Men Aloud. For services to music and for charitable services. (Gwent)

Ms Nicola Kate Heyes. Founder and chief executive, soundLINCS. For services to Music. (Ingham, Lincolnshire)

Brent Holder. Co-founder, CSI Steel Band Trust. For services to Music. (London)

Laurence Holloway. Musician and co-founder, Montgomery Holloway Music Trust. For services to music. (Bray, Berkshire)

Aled Jones. For services to music and broadcasting and for charitable services. (London)

Ms Margaret Jane Orr. Chief executive Officer, EMI Music Sound Foundation. For services to music education. (London)

Eric Wyn Phillips. Head of Music, Whitchurch high school and conductor, Cardiff County and the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Orchestra. For services to education and music. (Cardiff)



Richard John Furstenheim. Organist and director of Music, Chapel Royal, Windsor Great Park.



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