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Sophie Bevan (copyright Sussie Ahlburg), Anna Meredith (copyright Kate Bones), Alfie Boe (copyright Ralph_PH)

RCM alumni recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Monday 10 June 2019

Royal College of Music alumnus Alfie Boe has been appointed OBE for services to music and charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, alongside composer Anna Meredith and soprano Sophie Bevan, who each receive an OBE for services to music.

Alfie Boe studied for his undergraduate degree at the RCM and received an honorary Fellowship from the College in 2013. He has performed on the world’s most prestigious opera stages, led the cast of Les Misérables in London’s West End for nearly a year and performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. He has also had three sold-out UK tours and achieved Platinum album sales in the UK.

‘One of the most innovative minds in modern British music’ according to Pitchfork, Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her music has been performed at the BBC Last Night of the Proms, as a flashmob performance in the M6 Services, in fashion campaigns and Apple adverts and at festivals, clubs and concert halls all over the world. Her pieces are also regularly broadcast across BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.

Sophie Bevan was the recipient of the 2010 Critics’ Circle award for Exceptional Young Talent, The Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards and the Young Singer award at the 2013 inaugural International Opera Awards. She has performed at many of the world’s greatest opera houses and worked with conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding and Andris Nelsons.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours, released annually since the mid-19th century, recognise the achievements of extraordinary people from the UK and across the Commonwealth. This year’s honours coincided with the Queen’s 93rd ‘official’ birthday on 7 June.

Read more about the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019 here.