The baritone Alan Opie and director of Wigmore Hall, John Gilhooly, are among the musical figures to have been appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.


Opie, 68, has enjoyed a long career that has seen him perform in many of the world's greatest opera houses, including La Scala and the Royal Opera House, and receive acclaim in roles by composers ranging from Mozart to Ligeti.

Gilhooly (right), meanwhile, receives his honour in recognition of his 13 years in charge of the famous London venue.

The music world featured prominently in the list, which was revealed on 14 June. Anthony Sargent, general director of The Sage Gateshead, was appointed CBE, as was with Jonathan Reekie, chief executive of Aldeburgh Music.

The Welsh singer and presenter Aled Jones was appointed MBE alongside Carolyn Date, chorus manager at Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Timothy Evans, music director of Only Men Aloud.


The general director of Opera North, Richard Mantle, was also made OBE.