Companion of Honour
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Simon Keenlyside CBE
Gillian Moore MBE
Debbie Wiseman MBE
Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours List for Services to Music.
Rosie will step down from her role with the RPS in July, after two decades with the Society. RPS Chairman, John Gilhooly, comments: “Rosie Johnson has made an outstanding and pre-eminent contribution over 20 years to the Royal Philharmonic Society and to the musical life of the country.”
In recognition of this contribution, the RPS Apprentice Composer scheme at the Wigmore Hall will be renamed in her honour: The Rosie Johnson RPS/Wigmore Hall Composer Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship, which was launched in 2017, includes a commission for an emerging composer*, and opportunities to attend rehearsals and performances at Wigmore Hall, and to observe and take part in Learning workshops and events, as well as mentoring by the Wigmore Hall’s own Composer in Residence.
Rosie Johnson comments: “It’s been a huge privilege to work with so many outstanding performers, composers, colleagues and generous volunteers at the Royal Philharmonic Society. I’m hugely delighted that the work we have done has been recognised with this honour. I’m also tremendously proud that my name will be associated with the RPS/Wigmore Hall composer apprenticeship in years to come – this is a project very dear to my heart.”
Southbank Centre’s Director of Music Gillian Moore has been awarded a CBE in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Gillian was awarded an MBE in 1994 for services to music and education, and this upgrade honours her tireless work over the intervening years to provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to access classical music and the arts.
Gillian has held the post of Director of Music at Southbank Centre since 2016, having previously held the position of Head of Contemporary Culture since 2006. In this time she has produced numerous award-winning initiatives, festivals and education projects, and championed the work of women across all sectors of the industry. Prior to her current role, she was Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta from 1998 to 2006. Gillian first joined the London Sinfonietta in 1983, the first person ever to have held an education role in a British orchestra, bringing composers and performers into schools, prisons and community settings. She was a member of the group which wrote the National Curriculum in Music and remains a passionate advocate for arts education and access to classical music, receiving many awards and honours for her work.
During her career, Gillian has worked with many of the great musical and artistic figures of our age and has commissioned many significant new works. Gillian is a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and her new book on The Rite of Spring is due for publication in early 2019.
This year Gillian has overseen the reopening of Southbank Centre’s iconic Brutalist venues, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room in April 2018, following over two years of extensive redesign and refurbishment.