Congratulations to Sir Thomas Allen who has been awarded The Queen’s Medal for Music 2013. He said, “I was surprised and thrilled to hear I would receive The Queen’s Medal for Music having had so much recognition over many years. This very special award means so much to me and I’m very proud to have been selected.”
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of The Queen’s Music, described Sir Thomas as “a top opera singer who has become not only a top opera director but also a major force in outreach and musical education.” He said “Through the Samling Foundation, he has carried out utterly selfless work for charity and, above all, for young people.
“And it is for this achievement of a lifetime that The Queen’s Medal for Music Committee felt so strongly persuaded to award him the Medal.”
Sir Thomas, who was appointed Chancellor of Durham University in 2013, will be presented with the award by the Queen at an audience later this year.