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Michael Berkeley appointed life peer
27 February 2013
Michael Berkeley, new life peer
The composer and broadcaster Michael Berkeley has been
appointed a lifetime crossbench peer in the House of Lords, Oxford University
Press announced today. Berkeley commented, ‘Naturally I feel very honoured to
be appointed to the House of Lords and I am particularly pleased that the
Appointments Commission was keen to increase representation in the field of
Music and the Arts.’
Berkeley’s substantial output includes three operas, an
Organ Concerto, and the oratorio Or Shall We Die?, to a text by Ian McEwan. He was
associate composer to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Scottish
Chamber Orchestra, as well as artistic director of the Cheltenham International
Music Festival for ten years. He is currently chairman of the Governors of the
Royal Ballet and presents the popular BBC Radio 3 Private Passions programme.
Berkeley is the son of Sir Lennox Berkeley, and godson of
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