Warner Music owner is knighted for philanthropy

Warner Music owner is knighted for philanthropy


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2017

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.