Honour for Auschwitz cellistmain
The indefatigable Anita Lasker-Wallfisch has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list.
Anita, also 90, survived Auschwitz as a player in the women’s orchestra. She came to London after the war as a refugee, co-founded the English Chamber Orchestra and has served ever since as a moral presence at the heart of English music life.
Among other music honours:
a knighthood for Universal chief Lucian Grainge for services to business and inward investment;
a knighthood for Simon Robey, outgoing chair of the Royal Opera House;
Companion of Honour to Dame Vera Lynn, singer;
CBE for composer John McLeod;
CBE for Paul Lewis, pianist;
CBE for Colin Lawson, director of the Royal College of Music;
OBE for lawyer and impresario Ian Rosenblatt, 56, founder of Rosenblatt Recitals;
OBE for Alison Balsom, trumper virtuoso.