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Arts Medals for RCM philanthropists

Friday 13 December 2013


On Wednesday 11 December, HRH The Prince of Wales presented Prince of Wales Medals for Arts Philanthropy to Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker and to Philip and Christine Carne, all long-term supporters of the RCM.

Alongside three other worthy recipients, they received their medals at a ceremony at St James’s Palace, attended by Professor Colin Lawson (RCM Director), Samir Savant (RCM Director of Development) and many luminaries from the arts world.

Presented annually since 2008, the Prince of Wales Medals for Arts Philanthropy recognise and celebrate the huge impact that private givers can have. Culture Secretary Ed Vaizey commented: “The recipients of this year’s Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy are a true inspiration, not only for the financial impact of their generosity but also the care and support they invest in those who benefit from their help. They are fully deserving of this recognition and I hope their actions encourage future generations to act with the same kindness and philanthropic endeavour.”

Through the Richard Carne Scholarships and Junior Fellowship, Philip and Christine Carne’s support of RCM students has been transformative. As Patrons, and funding four scholars each year as well as a chamber music ensemble, their generosity makes a tangible difference to the success of a great many students. For nine years Philip and Christine have been attending performances and following the progress of the musicians they support, and have forged strong links along the way. Their encouragement and belief in our students is appreciated by all those who have benefited and by those who witness the lasting friendships that have been made. You can read an interview with .

Longstanding and generous supporters, Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker have played a leading role in philanthropy at the RCM.  The Ian Stoutzker Prize for violinists has created a roll call of gifted RCM students, and Mr Stoutzker’s informed interest in the musicians and their instruments continues to be invaluable. Alongside his support of students, Ian has played a key role as advocate and advisor through his time served on the RCM Council and now as a Vice-President. 

On behalf of all RCM students, we offer our congratulations and thanks to them all.