New Year Honours: Katherine Jenkins leads music recipients
Story by Jack Foley
CLASSICAL singer Katherine Jenkins has been made an OBE for her contribution to music and services to charity in the New Year Honours list.
The Neath-born Welsh star, 33, said she was “incredibly humbled” by the recognition, adding: “To accept such an award after only a decade of service to music and charity, comes as a wonderful surprise. I share this award with the charitable bodies I am so privileged to work with, especially to those brave service men and women who risk so much for us all on a daily basis.”
Jenkins has released 10 albums since making her recording debut in 2004, and has twice won the best album prize at the Classic Brits.
She first proved herself to be a talented chorister while at school, winning several awards before achieving a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music.
Upon completing her studies, she initially worked as a singing teacher and then a model before landing a deal with Universal music.
Her charity work includes running the London Marathon in 2013 and raising more than £25,000 for a cancer charity.
Composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who is Master of the Queen’s Music, has become a companion of honour.
A prolific composer who has written music in a variety of styles and idioms over his career, early work included the Trumpet Sonata, written while he was at college, and his first orchestral work, Prolation, written while under the tutelage of Petrassi.
He completed his first symphony in 1976 and has written nine numbered symphonies since.
Sir Peter’s lighter orchestral works have included Mavis in Las Vegas and Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise. He also penned the scores for Ken Russell’s films The Devils and The Boy Friend.
His Symphony No. 10 is due to have its world premiere at the Barbican Hall, London on February 2, 2014.
The Order of Merit – which is restricted to 24 living individuals – has gone to orchestra conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Previous recipients include Florence Nightingale and Sir Winston Churchill.
And DJ Pete Tong has been made an MBE.