Nicola Benedetti has a chuckle with the Queenmain
This is the first picture released today of Nicky receiving the Queen’s Medal for Music, 2016.
UPDATE: Nicky tweets: I am humbled & grateful for this honour, & will continue to fight for people’s access to the arts. The soul of this country needs nurturing.
She is the youngest person to receive the award, which is for contributing to the musical life of the nation.
There are her predecessors:
2006 Sir Bryn Terfel CBE
2007 Judith Weir CBE
2008 Kathryn Tickell OBE DL
2009 Sir Colin Davis CH CBE
2010 Dame Emma Kirkby DBE
2011 Nicholas Daniel
2012 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
2013 Sir Thomas Allen CBE
2014 Simon Halsey CBE
2015 Oliver Knussen CBE