Warner Music owner is knighted for philanthropy

Len Blavatnik, owner of  large chunk of the music business, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday List. He has donated a school of government to Oxford University and an extension to the Tate Modern gallery.

The Halle Orchestra music director Sir Mark Elder has been made a Companion of Honour, as has the singer-songwriter Sir Paul McCartney.

The composer George Benjamin receives a knighthood

The mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly is made a Dame.

The Canadian baritone Gerald Finley is made CBE.

The double-bass player and orchestra founder Chi-chi Nwanoku becomes OBE, as do baritone Roderick Williams and European Union Youth Orchestra founder Justine Bryer.

Congratulations to all.

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