The most miserable honours list in yearsmain
The New Year list is among the most meagre we can recall for musicians.
There are no knighthoods or peerages.
The CBE is awarded to Roger Wright, the former Proms controller and longest serving chief of any service in the BBC’s history; and to Jude Kelly, artistic director of London’s South Bank Centre. Richard Jones, the stage director, shares the same honour.
OBEs go to Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor of the Ex Cathedra choir and John Lubbock, founder-conductor of the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square.
There’s an MBE for Frances Hickox, co-founder of the St Endellion festival, and Rodney Friend, leader of the LPO and the BBC SO and the first Brit to serve as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.
These are astonishingly slim New Year pickings, the meanest in memory.