It was a great honour to be invited to Buckingham Palace by Her
Majesty The Queen to celebrate British Music and its contribution
to the UK economy and culture. More than 500 guests attended the
evening reception, representing a diverse range of talents, expertise
and achievements in the British Music Industry.
Earlier in the day, a concert was held in the ballroom to recognise
and encourage the contribution of young people to music, and to
acknowledge the importance of that contribution to the future of
British Music. The programme included a range of musical styles
and showed the quality and diversity of young musical talent.
A new award for musical excellence was announced, The Queen's Medal
for Music. The purpose of the award is to raise the general profile
of music in the UK and to reward individuals who have had a major
influence on the musical life of the nation. The award is to be
overseen by a committee chaired by Master of The Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
From left: Nicola Benedetti MBE, myself, Angelina Kalahari, Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE
and behind The Queen was Katherine Jenkins