Saturday, 11 June 2016

Sir Rod tops music industry awards in Queen's Birthday Honours

Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, and Rod Stewart, have both been knighted in the Queen's 2016 Birthday Honours. Simon Robey, Chair of the Royal Opera House and Aldeburgh Music, is also knighted. Other awards went to "forces sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn  who joins the elite Companions of Honour in recognition of her services to entertainment and charity, and singer Ruby Turner who is made an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire). Trumpet soloist Alison Balsom, a three-time Classical Brit winner, is also awarded an OBE for services to music and the award also recognises her passion to promote music education. Classical pianist Paul Lewis receives a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), as does Dr Brian Andrew, Chairman of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (for services to the arts, heritage and education). Composer and Conductor John McLeod receives a CBE for services to music and Universal’s Senior Director of HR in the UK, Morna Cook, received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the music industry and apprentices. City solicitor Ian Rosenblatt whose philanthropic activities include buying a local music shop to save it from closure has been awarded an OBE in the Birthday Honours list. His practice sponsors the Rosenblatt Recitals, London’s only world-class series of opera recitals. Former SSE Arena Belfast CEO Nicky Dunn is made an OBE and Remi Harris who had previously worked at UK Music and the Association of Independent Music, receives an MBE for services to the music industry.

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