Julian Lloyd Webber and Imogen Cooper among the classical musicians of Queen’s …

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June 11, 2021, 10:30 PM | Updated: June 11, 2021, 10:57 PM

Jess Gillam, Imogen Cooper and Julian Lloyd Webber named on Queen’s Birthday 2021.

Photo: Getty / Sussie Ahlburg


Stars of classical music and the arts have been recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list for 2021.

Personalities from the classical world have been named to the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honors List.

Conductor and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, who recently presented Rising stars on Classic FM celebrating 30 bright young musicians under the age of 30, received an OBE for his services to music.

“I am delighted to receive this special honor,” he told Classic FM. “I have been fortunate to work with so many wonderful musical collaborators over the years and I want to thank each of them for helping to make this award possible.”

The former director of the Royal Birmingham Conservatory is recognized alongside internationally renowned pianist Imogen Cooper, who is named Dame (DBE). Cooper is considered one of the best performers of the classical and romantic piano repertoire.

Lloyd Webber told us: “I think I was incredibly lucky to have started my career a few months after Great Britain joined the European Union. It meant that I could build an international career without the obstacle course that British musicians face today. I could play in all the big cities of Europe without wasting precious hours in embassies, queuing for visas when I could have rehearsed.

Taking the opportunity to comment The impact of Brexit on the music industry, he added: “Until the UK government keeps its promise to provide a solution to the current situation, it will be much more difficult for young UK artists to establish an international career.

Read more: Contribution of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Classical Music

Horn player Sarah Willis, whose project combining popular Mozart horn solo moments with traditional Cuban music last year was a viral success, receives the MBE, while saxophonist and star presenter Jess Gillam, receives the MBE for his services to music.

Upon hearing of her award, Gillam said, “I feel extremely touched to receive this award, especially in a year where so many people have done such amazing and selfless things.

“It’s very unexpected and a total surprise – I’m very grateful to everyone who supported me and had the opportunity to learn an instrument in the first place. Music has changed my life and I am passionate about sharing its magic with other people!

Elsewhere in classical music, Opera Holland Park founder Michael Volpe is named OBE, and keyboardist and composer Rick Wakeman is named CBE.

In the dance world, former ballerina and choreographer Arlene Phillips has been named Lady for service to dance and charity.

For services rendered to music, contemporary Jamaican composer and pianist Eleanor Alberga receives the OBE.

British composer Huw Watkins and opera singer Dr Jeremy Huw Williams are also recognized for their services to music and charity.





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