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Queen's Medal for Sir Thomas Allen

Tuesday 7 January 2014


RCM alumnus Sir Thomas Allen is to be awarded The Queen's Medal for Music 2013.

Sir Thomas began his studies at the Royal College of Music in 1964, and has since become an established star of the great opera houses of the world, singing no fewer than fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The baritone returned to the RCM in 2002 to make a triumphant directing debut with the RCM International Opera School’s production of Britten’s Albert Herring. It received rave reviews, with one Seen and Heard International reviewer saying she could not “think of another current performance more worthy of recommendation”.

Sir Thomas Allen says, “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.”

Established in 2005, The Queen’s Medal for Music is awarded to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation.

We're delighted to welcome Sir Thomas back to the RCM for a Vocal Masterclass on Friday 14 March at 2.00pm.