THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL ATTEND THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC’S ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Tuesday 3rd March
The Prince of Wales, President of the Royal College of Music, will confer honours on Conductor and Music Director of the Royal Opera House Sir Antonio Pappano, tenor Jonas Kaufmann, celebrated composers Debbie Wiseman OBE and Rachel Portman OBE, and many other leading musicians.
Following the ceremony, His Royal Highness will view the progress made to the building project at the Royal College of Music (RCM). Here, His Royal Highness will hear a special performance by RCM lutenist Augustin Cornwall-Irving from the original autographed manuscript of the Welde Lute Book, an important 17th Century collection of English lute works on long-term loan to the RCM Library.
Royal College of Music
Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world’s leading conservatoires, providing specialised musical education and professional training at the highest international level for performers, conductors and composers. Since its foundation by The Prince of Wales, later Edward Vll, the college has been linked with the Royal Family. Its Patron is currently Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been President since 1993.
Sir Antonio Pappano
Conductor and Music Director of the Royal Opera House Pappano has nurtured many former students as they progress from the RCM Opera Studio on to the professional stage, with numerous students having been accepted onto the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in recent years.
Described by the New York Times as ‘the most important, versatile tenor of his generation’, Kaufmann rose to fame through his spinto roles, most notably at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has won four Gramophone Awards for his operatic albums, of which Pappano conducted Verismo Arias, winning the Recital Award in 2011.
Rachel Portman OBE
Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman was the first female composer to win an Academy Award in the category of Best Musical or Comedy Score (for Emma in 1996). She was also the first woman to receive the Richard Kirk Award at the BMI Film & TV Awards for her contributions to film and television music.