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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM

11:09, 16th May 2016

Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM.

Companionship is the highest honour the RNCM can make; it is conferred upon persons of distinction who are deemed to have made an exceptional and enduring contribution to the life of the College. Since its formation in 1973, the RNCM has awarded nine other companionships to individuals including Sir Charles Groves (1983), Ida Carroll (1986) and Michael Kennedy (1999).

RNCM principal Professor Linda Merrick said: ‘For many years, Sir Mark has played an integral part in enhancing the College’s reputation as a leading international conservatoire, both independently and as music director of the Hallé, one of the College’s professional partners.

‘As our international chair in conducting, he is a huge inspiration to our young conductors, orchestral musicians and singers, and it is fitting that the RNCM is recognising his invaluable contribution in this way.’

Describing himself as ‘thrilled’ and ‘greatly honoured’, Sir Mark said: ‘It is wonderful that the College has chosen to support me in this way and I know that the RNCM and the Hallé will continue to act in partnership at the heart of musical life in Manchester.’

The honour will be conferred at the College’s annual congregation of awards ceremony on 6 December.

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