Winner of The Queen's Medal for Music 2006

Published 19 July 2006

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN

The Queen has presented The Queen's Medal for Music to Welsh singer Bryn Terfel.

The presentation took place on stage at a special BBC Prom in honour of her 80th birthday, at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bryn Terfel is the second recipient of this award which was introduced last year, and is made annually to an individual (or group of musicians) who is judged to have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation. Last year's winner was Sir Charles Mackerras.

Announcing the award at the Royal Albert Hall, the Master of The Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, made the following statement:

"This year's recipient of The Queen's Medal for Music, Bryn Terfel, has been setting our opera houses alight with his portrayals of Scarpia in 'Tosca', the title-role in 'The Flying Dutchman', and his first Wotan in Wagner's 'Ring' cycle for the Royal Opera, including his electrifying performance at last year's BBC Proms.

"He has been a leading figure on international opera and concert platforms, and through his superb artistry and warmth on television he has brought classical music to the widest possible audience.

"He has also devoted himself tirelessly to music at his home at Faenol in Wales, creating a music festival there for the community, and is an inspiring figure for Welsh music and Welsh musicians throughout the world."

Background
1. The nominating process for the recipient of the medal is overseen by a Music Committee under the chairmanship of the Master of The Queen's Music.

The committee members are Michael Berkeley, Nicholas Kenyon, William Lyne, the Honourable Sir Humphrey Maud, Richard Morrison and Lord Moser.

2. The 75mm medal has been designed by Bethan Williams and is cast in silver. All costs relating to the medal are funded by the Privy Purse.