A big day for the Royal College of Music yesterday. Carpets vacuumed, ties straightened, breath double-checked. HRH The Prince of Wales drops in for a spot of handshaking, doctorate-giving, and amiable repartee in his official role as President of the Royal College of Music.
Various luminaries obtained scrolls, gowns and a firm handshake, including pianist Nicolas McCarthy, Lord Winston, Sir András Schiff, BBC Radio 3 In Tune bon-viveur Sean Rafferty MBE.
All the awards were made in recognition of the contribution made by recipients to the musical life of the College. Nicholas McCarthy‘s quote is especially potent in a sector rightly concerning itself with diversity, inclusion and representation.
“I hope this recognition will serve as a positive example for other disabled musicians and help me in my continuing campaign to get more disabled musicians into the arts.”
The ceremony included a concert featuring the RCM’s new organ designed and built by Flentrop Orgelbouw as part of the College’s transformative More Music development also featured performances from exceptional recent graduates: recorder player and Queen Elizabeth Rose Bowl recipient Katie Cowling, bass-baritone Julien Van Mallaerts, recipients of the prestigious Tragore Gold Medals, and Marmen Quartet violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish. Composer and pianist Eduardo Andrade, an RCM scholar who has scored 25 projects internationally in the past two years, was the recipient of the President’s Award.
Pictured top left to right with HRH The Prince of Wales are Bryony Gibson-Cornish, Katie Cowling, Julien Van Mallaerts and Eduardo Andrade.