The Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2016 has been announced, with Royal Opera House and Aldeburgh Music chair Simon Robey receiving a knighthood and CBEs going to Royal College of Music director Professor Colin Lawson and pianist Paul Lewis.

Ian Rosenblatt, who received an OBE for philanthropic services to music, said: ‘Music is an important element of what makes us a civilised society, and I am proud to do what I can to support young talent and make world-class music more accessible to the general British public.’

Trumpeter Alison Balsom, who was also made OBE, described the honour as a ‘wonderful surprise’. Speaking to Classic FM, she added: ‘Especially being the year of the Queen’s 90th birthday, it seems even more special in some ways for me. I’m just delighted.’



Lucian GRAINGE – Universal Music Group chair and chief executive officer. For services to British business and inward investment

Simon ROBEY – Chair, Royal Opera House and Aldeburgh Music. For services to music.



Althea EFUNSHILE – Lately acting chief executive, Arts Council. For services to arts and culture (now deputy chief executive of Arts Council England)

Dr Brian LANG – Chair, Royal Scottish National Orchestra. For services to the arts, heritage and education.

Professor Colin LAWSON – Director, Royal College of Music. For services to music and music education

Paul LEWIS – Classical pianist. For services to music

John MCLEOD – Composer and conductor. For services to music

Patricia WALTERS – Lately headteacher, Holte Visual and Performing Arts College. For services to education



Alison BALSOM – Trumpet soloist. For services to music

Professor Georgina BORN – Professor of music and anthropology, University of Oxford. For services to musicology, anthropology and higher education

Ian ROSENBLATT – Founder, Rosenblatt Recitals Series. For philanthropic services to music

Dhanonday SHRIVASTAV – Musician, instrumentalist and founder, Inner Vision Orchestra. For services to music

Nicola THOROLD – Executive producer, the Roundhouse. For services to the arts



James BLAIR – Principal conductor and artistic director, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. For services to music

Morna COOK – Senior director of HR, Universal Music UK. For services to the music industry and apprentices

Alison FRAZER – Lately chief executive, Music in Hospitals Scotland. For services to patients

Brian HUNTER – For services to music in Northern Ireland (vocal soloist, organist, choir trainer)

Dr John KITCHEN – For services to music (Edinburgh University organist, director of the Edinburgh University Singers, former senior lecturer in music)

Margaret OLDERSHAW – Secretary, Nottingham Symphonic Winds. For services to community music in East Midlands



Alastair CHISHOLM – Organist and lay chaplain, the Cathedral of the Isles, Millport. For services to music and culture on the Isle of Cumbrae

Alice Elizabeth DENNIS – For services to music in Aberdeenshire (musical director of Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society, Haddo Arts Festival)

Dr Geoffrey GIBBONS – For services to church music in St Tudy, Cornwall

Pamela GUY – musical director, New Harmony Singers. For services to music and for charitable services in Newport


Judith MEGARRY – Founder and leader, Pershore Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society. For services to community music in Pershore, Worcestershire

David OGBORN – Founder, Basingstoke Festival of Choirs. For services to community music

Andrea PRIDMORE – For services to public administration and community music through the Swansea Silver Rhythmaires Marching Band

Rhonda SCOTT – For services to music and the community in Aberdeen (founder, Scott School of Singing)