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Knighthood for ENO chairman; mezzo-soprano becomes a Dame

9:45, 12th February 2013

Arts philanthropist, Vernon Ellis, and mezzo-soprano, Felicity Palmer, have both received recognition for services to music in the UK’s 2011 New Year Honours list.

Ellis, who was honoured with a Knighthood, has been the chairman of English National Opera since 2006 and last year also became the chairman of the British Council.

He is known to have donated more than £7m to around 70 UK arts organisations, including £5m towards the renovation of The Coliseum in 2004.

Mezzo-soprano, Felicity Palmer, who now holds the title Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, had previously been appointed a CBE in 1993.

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