John Gilhooly awarded the Musicians’ Company Cobbett Medal1:46, 11th April 2019
John Gilhooly OBE, artistic and executive director of Wigmore Hall and chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, has been awarded the Musicians’ Company Cobbett Medal.
An annual award given by the company to recognise outstanding contributions to chamber music, the medal was inaugurated by the company in 1924 and previous winners include Edward Elgar, Frank Bridge, Myra Hess and Ralph Vaughan Williams among others.
Gilhooly became director of Wigmore Hall in 2005 making him, then, the youngest leader of any of the world’s great concert halls. He had been executive director of Wigmore Hall since December 2000 and has overseen the artistic, financial and administrative transformation of the hall over the past 16 years. His tenure has produced record box office returns and the hall’s highest ever membership levels and annual fundraising. As artistic director, he programmes the largest chamber music and song series in the world and is noted for his commitment to outstanding emerging artists, diversity and contemporary music.
Associated with its widespread support for young musicians across all genres, the Musicians’ Company has a long tradition of recognising creative talent and donates over £250,000 in scholarships and awards each year. Gilhooly received the Cobbett Medal on Wednesday 10 April from the Master of the Musicians’ Company, Michael Lewin FRAM.
Gilhooly says: ‘I am very pleased to accept the Walter Wilson Cobbett Medal from The Musicians’ Company, especially as this award puts a spotlight on chamber music. The Musicians’ Company also does wonderful work in bringing music making to 10,000 young people, often in deprived schools, through its Yeomen Programme and it’s a huge honour to receive any award from such an important institution.’