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Updated: Prince of Wales visits Royal College of Music

On Wednesday 14th May, the Prince of Wales visited the Royal College of Music. As president of the RCM, His Royal Highness attended the college’s annual award ceremony and confer the awards.

On arrival at the college, the Prince of Wales met the Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the chairman of the RCM Lord Robert Winston and director of the RCM Professor Colin Lawson. The Prince proceeded to the Amaryllis Fleming concert hall with the Honorands were they took their seats on stage.

Professor Lawson made a short speech.

HRH conferred Honorary membership of the Royal College of Music on the following:

  • Jean Carter, inspirational educator and manager of the Tri-borough Music Hub, which provides music education services to more than 150 schools
  • Linda Hill, philanthropist
  • Matt Nicholl, Head of Estates at the Royal College of Music
  • Ingrid Pearson, clarinettist, teacher and Research Fellow at the Royal College of Music
  • Diana Roberts, manager of the Royal College of Music’s Woodhouse Professional Development Centre
  • Tim Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

HRH will then confer the Fellowship of the Royal College of Music on:

  • Professor Dmitri Alexeev, pianist and RCM professor
  • Martin André, conductor
  • Nicola Benedetti, violinist
  • Professor Amanda Glauert, former Director of Programmes & Research at the Royal College of Music
  • Stephen Johns, Artistic Director of the Royal College of Music
  • Ian Jones, Assistant Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music
  • Patricia Rozario, singer and RCM professor
  • Russell Smythe, singer and RCM professor
  • Professor Alexander Sokolov, Rector of the Moscow Conservatory

Prince Charles also conferred the HonDMus award on Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the world’s most know composers of musical theatre. This award was presented to Murray Perahia, an American concert pianist and conductor. Both recipients of this award began their careers in the music industry in the early 1970’s and have produced some world-class productions including, Bach Goldberg Variations, Beethoven Piano Sonato No. 27 and Schubert: Late Piano Sonatas (Murray Perahia) and Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Phantom of The Opera (The Lord Lloyd-Webber).

After the presenting of the awards, a short concert was given by the prize winners. Pianist Poom Prommachart performed a Rachmaninov piano transcription of a song by Schubert, violinist Ben Baker played a short piece by Wagner while soprano Louise Alder performed songs by Strauss and Bridge.

On leaving the concert hall, the Prince of Wales joined a group photograph with the Honorands and prize winners. Shortly after the photograph the Prince had chance to meet in person the Honorands, the prize winners and RCM students. Prince Charles also met Paula Hawkins, Lifestyle and Activities Facilitator at St Wilfred’s care home, where Presidents Award winner Joo Yeon Sir has performed regularly.

The Royal College of Music was founded in 1882 and is one of the world’s leading conservatoires, providing specialised musical education and professional training at the highest international level for performers, conductors and composers. Since its foundation by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), the college has been linked with the Royal Family. Its patron is currently Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales has been President since 1993.

Featured photo credit: Benjamin Ellis via photopin cc

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