Queen’s Birthday Honours for Chi-Chi Nwaoku, Mark Elder, and Gerald Finley

A total of 1109 awards were given out in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

From the Prime Minister’s list, the following come from the orchestral, operatic, and music education world:

Mark Elder – Conductor, Halle Orchestra – CH Companion of Honour
George Benjamin – Composer, Conductor, Performer – Knighthood
Sarah Connolly – DBE
Colin McClatchie – VP Scottish Opera – CBE
Julian Getty – Hymn Writing – OBE
Chi Chi Nwanoku – OBE
Roderick Williams – OBE
Ian Dean – MBE – Composer
Gillian Dinsmore – MBE – Music in Hospitals UK and Convenor Music in Hospitals Scotland. 
Ian Imlay – Organist – MBE
Rosemary Johnston – Violinist – MBE 
Marian Harris – BEM – Musical Director, Milford Haven Amateur Operatic Society
Gerald Finley – CBE – Opera Singer
Claire Garnett – MBE – Peebles Youth Orchestra

From the Foreign Secretary’s list of awardees:

Mrs Justine Bryer, Co-Founder & President, The European Union Youth Orchestra – OBE

I’m especially pleased for Chi-Chi Nwanoku, a passionate advocate, a brilliant bassist, and someone who always nods hello in my direction at functions if she’s engaged in important small talk with whoever she’s talking to. That kind of willing engagement in those around her is why Chineke Foundation is the success story it is. Chineke Orchestra – UK’s first BME ensemble – performs at the BBC Proms on 30 August.

The complete list of honours is available on the Gov.uk website.

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