Kiri te Kanawa, who sang at HRH’s first wedding in a canary-yellow outfit, was among several musos acknowledged by the Prince at the Royal College of Music today. The point of it? You tell us.
From a never-ending press release:
HRH The Prince of Wales honoured a number of outstanding figures in international musical
life today at the Royal College of Music’s Annual Awards ceremony.
These included internationally renowned conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and
acclaimed soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who both received their Honorary Doctorate from
HRH The Prince of Wales.
HRH The Prince of Wales, President of the Royal College of Music since 1993, presented
awards to several others who have made significant contributions to musical life, before
attending a short concert featuring performances from three of the College’s most
exceptional, prize-winning, recent graduates; violinist Agata Daraskaite, saxophonist Amy
Green and double bassist Rodrigo Moro Martin.
On receipt of the Honorary Doctorate, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa said: “I am delighted and
thrilled to be honoured in this way by the Royal College of Music, especially as the honour is
being conferred by HRH The Prince of Wales himself”. Dame Kiri also expressed her honour
at seeing, for the first time, her “recently painted portrait hanging in its home at the Royal
College of Music”. The portrait, commissioned by the Royal College of Music as part of
the Sky Arts TV series Portrait Artists of the Year, was painted by artist Laura Quinn and
now hangs in the foyer of the Britten Theatre, the home of the RCM’s International Opera School.
Vladimir Ashkenazy said: “It is a tremendous honour on this truly special and memorable
occasion to be awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Music of the Royal College of
Music”. Mr Ashkenazy, who returns this evening to conduct the first of two performances
with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, also said: “It has been a great inspiration for me to have
had a wonderful, continuous and long lasting connection with the Royal College of Music in
recent years and has been a pleasure and privilege to give young musicians insights across
the broadest of repertoire. To see them benefit from these experiences has been especially
gratifying. The students have great energy, musicianship, integrity and technical proficiency
and it is very fulfilling to see young people open themselves to the overwhelming richness
great music has to offer. Being a part of this orchestra’s future fills me with excitement.”…