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Thea Musgrave Receives The Queen's Medal for Music

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Thea Musgrave Receives The Queen's Medal for Music

Thomas Le Brocq

The composer Thea Musgrave CBE has been awarded The Queen's Medal for Music 2017. The award was presented to Ms Musgrave by The Queen in an audience at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 7 June 2018.

She becomes the thirteenth recipient of the award, following Nicola Benedetti, who received the medal last year. Established in 2005 by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the award is presented annually to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have 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, Judith Weir. The committee's recommendation is then submitted to The Queen for approval.

Commenting on the award, Judith Weir said:

Scottish-born composer Thea Musgrave has been a musical pioneer for many decades. With innovative use of space, sound and colour, her work has made rich contributions to numerous genres, including opera and orchestral music. Now aged 90 and resident in New York, she is still energetically at work, a warm-spirited, optimistic inspiration to her many listeners, performers and colleagues around the world.

On receiving the award, Ms Musgrave said:

Although much of my career has been on an international stage, this medal represents my British heritage. It also recognises the impact my Scottish roots have had on my music - which continue to inform and nourish my work and anchor my role in the world.

James Rushton, Managing Director of Novello & Co Ltd. says:

It is a delight and a joy to see Thea Musgrave receiving accolades at the highest level so long deserved. Thea remains trenchant in her passion, enthusiasm and appetite not only for continuing her own unique work as a composer, but also for the importance of access for all to the work of others in the great tradition of classical music, both past and present. A lesson for us all.

 Photo: Thomas Le Brocq

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