A richly deserved honour for Sir Simonmain
In the Queen’s birthday honours list Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is made a Companion of Honour. She has long been a royal favourite.
Loud applause, too, for the baritone Simon Keenlyside who receives a knighthood for a career studded with brilliance and adversity. This will be a much acclaimed honour for a brave and resourceful artist who has unflappably taken the rough with the smooth.
Other musical gongs:
CBE for the composer Thomas Ades
OBEs for marvellous mezzo Alice Coote, composer Debbie Wiseman and jazz pianist Julian Joseph.
CBE for Southbanker Gillian Moore.
MBEs for Susanna Eastburn, Barry Farrimond and Rosemary Johnston.
Congrats to all.