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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Simon Halsey Awarded the 2014 Queen's Medal for Music


Simon Halsey Awarded the 2014 “Queen’s Medal for Music”
Presentation by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace

Last evening at Buckingham Palace, Simon Halsey was presented by The Queen with Her Majesty’s Medal for Music. Since 2005, the prize has been awarded to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the United Kingdom. As principal conductor of Berlin Radio Choir and choral director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and the London Symphony Chorus, Simon Halsey is the tenth recipient of the award, following in the footsteps of such distinguished musical figures as Sir Colin Davis, Dame Emma Kirkby or Bryn Terfel.

Judith Weir, chairman of the committee, lauded Simon Halsey’s achievements as “a fundamental contribution to European music through his championship of choral singing as a vital part of orchestral performance … His lively, participatory style has inspired a new generation of young choral directors, together with a remarkable upsurge of interest in choirs and singing in the UK.” On hearing of the award, Simon Halsey said: “I am so surprised and thrilled to receive this extraordinary honour from Her Majesty the Queen. Choral music is a vital part of our national life and is such a force for social and educational good. I’d like to see this medal as recognition of the work of a whole generation of dedicated choral musicians.” Hans-Hermann Rehberg, managing director of Rundfunkchor Berlin, commended the award winner: “We congratulate our chief conductor Simon Halsey from the bottom of our hearts for this very special honour. We are delighted at this appreciation of his extraordinary accomplishments.”

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