Queen’s Medal goes to organ star

Queen’s Medal goes to organ star


norman lebrecht

November 22, 2020

Official announcement:

The Queen has approved the award of Her Majesty’s Medal for Music for the year 2020 to Thomas Trotter, 15 years to the day since the very first winner was honoured at Buckingham Palace.

Awarded every year to an outstanding individual or group of musicians, The Queen’s Medal for Music was first presented to Sir Charles Mackerras on November 22nd 2005, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music. The award came at the suggestion of former Master of The Queen’s Music, the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Previous winners include the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, jazz musician Gary Crosby and, most recently, pianist Imogen Cooper.

Mr Trotter is one of the world’s most revered concert organists, and is the sixteenth recipient of the award. He has been the Birmingham City Organist since 1983, and is also a Visiting Fellow in Organ Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.


  • Derek says:

    Congratulations! Thoroughly deserved recognition.

    He will have lost count of the number of performances he has given and have no idea of the number of people he has entertained over the years.

  • Brian says:

    The producers of The Crown should hire him for season 5. He could record the soundtrack.

  • Gustavo says:

    Would be great to hear him do 7 Pastels from the Lake of Constance by Sigfrid Karg-Elert.

  • Una Barry says:

    This is just wonderful news.

  • ACN says:

    So well deserved – he’s marvellous. Until a few months ago, he was also the organist at St Margaret’s Westminster, and you could hear him nearly every Sunday – until the Abbey decided to close the church as a place of worship, disbanding the professional choir and silencing their organ (and organist). Shameful.

  • Norbert says:

    Excellent man. Well deserved.