Photo: Anthony Marwood, © Sussie Ahlburg

Musicians across the country have been recognised for their contribution to music making in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Teachers, conductors, performers and volunteers are among those receiving awards for services to music.

Head of Performing Arts Charles Butler was nominated for an MBE by his pupils at Ulverston Victoria High School in Cumbria; founder of the London Community Gospel Choir, Bazil Meade, receives an MBE for the development of British Gospel Music; and John Larke, Vice Chairman of Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival, is made an MBE for services to music in Cornwall.

Organist and former Lord Mayor of the City of London Dr Andrew Parmley receives a knighthood; violinist and champion of contemporary music Anthony Marwood becomes an MBE along with Crouch End Festival Chorus Music Director David Temple; with a CBE for Royal Academy of Music Principal Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, and an OBE for the National Youth Orchestra’s Sarah Alexander.

‘NYO teenage musicians are not only showing their brilliance on the concert platform, they are taking that brilliance into workshops, into schools, and into youth centres. They are sharing their knowledge and love of orchestral music with other teenagers, bringing musical inspiration directly into the lives of many thousands of young people’, said Sarah Alexander, who has been Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the NYO for ten years.

‘I accept this award with deep gratitude to everyone who has supported the work of NYO over the last 10 years, especially our orchestral musicians, who give so much time and energy to help other teenage musicians.’

Those honoured for services to classical music are listed below:


Dr Andrew Charles PARMLEY.
Lately Lord Mayor of London. For services to Music, Education and Civic Engagement

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Professor Jonathan FREEMAN-ATTWOOD.
Principal, Royal Academy of Music. For services to Music.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Chief Executive and Artistic Director, National Youth Orchestra. For services to Music.

Professor John Anthony SLOBODA, FBA.
Research Professor, Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For services to Psychology and Music.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Iain Godfrey BALL.
For services to Cathedral Choral Music and to Young People.

Neil David BOHANNA.
Head of Operations, Royal Northern College of Music. For services to Higher Education.

Charles Richard BUTLER.
Assistant Headteacher and Head of Performing Arts, Ulverston Victoria High School, Cumbria. For services to Music Education.

Professor David Hugh Gray CHEAPE.
For services to Scottish Cultural Education and Traditional Music.

Glenys Irene HUGHES.
For services to Music in Orkney and Charity in Malawi.

For services to Music in Cornwall.

Anthony MARWOOD.
Violinist. For services to Classical Music.

Bazil Leonard Duncan MEADE.
Founder, London Community Gospel Choir. For services to Music especially the Development of British Gospel Music.

David George OPENSHAW.
For services to Music in Northern Ireland.

David Anthony TEMPLE.
Musical Director, Crouch End Festival Chorus. For services to Music.

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Sandra Jane BOOER.
For services to Music and the community in Dartford.

Stephen CHAPMAN.
For services to Music in Northern Ireland.

Hazel Valerie DRUMMOND.
For services to Music in Northern Ireland.

Aonghas William GRANT.
For services to Fiddling and Music Tuition in the Highlands.

Margaret Mary HARVIE.
For services to Music in Dumfries and Galloway.

Dr Norman Wesley Francis Berkeley HILL.
For services to Music in Kent.

For services to Choral Music in Nottinghamshire.

Geoffrey Miles KEATING
Founder and Conductor, Solway Sinfonia. For services to Music and charity in Dumfries and Galloway.

William John MATHESON.
For services to Music, Culture and charity in the Highlands.

Colin John MOORE.
For services to Music in East Sussex.

Rebekah Mary OLPHERT.
Founder and Artistic Director, Ballymena Chamber Orchestra. For services to Music.

Sheila Lynette THOMAS.
For services to Music, Education and the Welsh Language in Powys.

Graham John WADLEY.
For services to Church Music.

David Alan WILSON.
Conductor, Slough Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. For services to Music and Young People.