At midnight, Buckingham Palace did as expected. It announced Judith Weir as Master of the Queen’s Musick, the first woman to hold a largely honorific role.
Her name had been linked to the post a month ago and we heard rumours in recent weeks that she was wobbling. But the national interest prevailed and Judith will now be called upon to supply tunes for great occasions.
She gave her inaugural interview to the Guardian, a newspaper of republican tendencies, which flagged her up as ‘radical’.
Not much evidence of that in her music. No revolutions expected in the years to come.
Congratulations, Master Judith!