Queen's Medal for Music 2014 announced
Published 09 May 2015
The Queen has approved the award of Her Majesty’s Medal for Music 2014 to Mr Simon Halsey.
The prize, established in 2005, is awarded to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation.
Mr Halsey will be presented with the award by The Queen at a reception at Buckingham Palace following a performance by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Mr Halsey is the tenth recipient of the award and follows in the footsteps of other well-known recipients such as Bryn Terfel, Dame Emma Kirkby and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
The medal recognises an individual who has had a major influence on the musical life of the nation. The nominating process for the award is overseen by a committee under the chairmanship of the Master of The Queen's Music, currently Judith Weir. The Committee's recommendation is then submitted to The Queen for her approval.
Commenting on the award, Judith Weir said: "Choral conductor Simon Halsey has made a fundamental contribution to European music through his championship of choral singing as a vital part of orchestral performance, a British tradition which stretches back several centuries. In 1983, he took over the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Choruses, now a world-leading ensemble which, having founded several youth and community choruses along the way, he still directs. As a close colleague of Sir Simon Rattle in both Birmingham and Berlin, he has devised and conducted numerous innovative projects in his time with the Berlin Radio Chorus; and more recently has assumed care of the London Symphony Chorus. 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 Mr 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.”
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attend a Royal Academy of Arts Award ceremony12 October 2016
The Winners: The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2016
Announcement of new appointments to the Order of the Thistle
Announcement of the recipient of The Queen's Medal for Music 2009
The Queen appoints former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Don McKinnon, as GCVO
Photographic portraits of The Queen by Annie Liebovitz: Publication arrangements
A speech by The Queen at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
I know that the renewal of this famous and much-cherished landmark has been a long-held aspiration.
A speech by The Queen at the Children's Literature Garden Party
We have been reminded that this magic of our childhoods - the characters, the stories, the imagination of it all - is an enduring and essential part of our culture.
State Banquet in Singapore, 17 March 2006
The links between Britain and Singapore are as strong as ever, and our future relationship is bright indeed.
Opening of the new colonnade of Sydney Opera House, 13 March 2006
It was universally agreed that the Opera House was something more than a performing arts centre, more than a great work of architecture.
The Queen's New Year's Honours List 2006: The Royal Victorian Order
Birthday Honours List 2005: Recipients of the Royal Victorian Order
State Banquet, President of Italy, 15 March 2005
We in Britain today are enthusiastic admirers of Italian culture, Italian fashion and Italian food.