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Talvin Singh leads musical types in Queen’s birthday honours

By | Published on Monday 16 June 2014

Talvin Singh

So, it wasn’t the Queen’s birthday this weekend. To celebrate, Her Maj dug deep into her purple pocket of people pleasing to present a portion of her only partly pointless honours. And there was much rejoicing.

Especially in the music community, where plenty of imperial post-nominals were dished out. The marvellous Talvin Singh was made an OBE, while there were MBEs for both singer/radio presenter Cerys Matthews and folk musician Eliza Carthy.

In the classical domain, John Berry, Artistic Director of the English National Opera, became a CBE, and there were MBEs for the conductors of two regional orchestras, Martin Binks of Leeds Symphony and Andrew Penny of Hull Philharmonic.

On the industry side of classical, the former CEOs of the agency Askonas Holt – Martin Campbell-White and Robert Rattray, got MBEs – and Janis Susskind, MD of Boosey & Hawkes becomes an OBE.

And elsewhere in the music business, Island Records President Darcus Beese, talent manager Jonathan Shalit and jazz promoter John Cumming of Serious all became OBEs.

Plus there were lots of awards for people working in music education too, including Mark Featherstone-Witty, principal and founder of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Victoria Sharp of London Music Masters, who both became OBEs.

And for fans of very long lists, here’s da Queen’s non-birthday present to you.

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