Conductor Christopher Hogwood among musicians to receive honours from Royal College of Music

Tenor Alfie Boe, composer Rachel Leach and guitarist Gary Ryan recognised for outstanding contributions to music

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Conductor Christopher Hogwood has been made an honorary doctor of Music by the Royal College of Music in a ceremony that took place at the London conservatoire on 15 May. The honour was presented by HRH The Prince of Wales, now in his 20th year of being president of the conservatoire.

Other musicians and students of the Royal College of Music also received awards for their contributions to international music making. Among them were tenor Alfie Boe and conductor Jaime Martin, composer and guitarist Gary Ryan and percussionist David Hockings, who were all awarded Fellowships of the College. 

Composer Rachel Leach was made an honorary member of the Royal College of Music.

Percussionist Ruairi Glasheen was presented with the President's Award in recognition of his work with children on the Royal College of Music's 'Sparks Juniors' programme

Further honours were presented to both Barry Ife, principal of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and David Whelton, managing director of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Receiving the Fellowship Boe said: ‘My musical career has developed through a number of evolutions where I have worked to break down the barriers between musical genres and I am deeply honoured to receive the Fellowship of the Royal College of Music.’

 

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