Sir Mark Elder has been made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of his outstanding services to music. A rare honour, the award has only been presented 129 times since the first honorary membership was made to Carl Maria von Weber in 1826.

Sir Mark Elder is Music Director of the Hallé and works regularly with the world’s leading symphony orchestras, in the UK enjoying close associations with both the London Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He appears frequently in many of the most prominent international opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera New York, and the Opéra National de Paris and was the first British conductor to conduct a new production at the Bayreuth Festival. He previously won the prestigious RPS Music Award for Conductor in 2005.

In its citation, the Council of the Royal Philharmonic Society says: The Royal Philharmonic Society is delighted to present Honorary Membership to Sir Mark Elder. This award celebrates his international recognition as one of the leading conductors of our day, but more particularly it is given in admiration of his cultural leadership. Over more than three decades he has carefully and systematically transformed the fortunes of two great British musical institutions. As musical director at English National Opera, and latterly with the Hallé, he has focused on fostering exceptional musical standards, creating pride at every level of these organisations and enthralling audiences with both the sheer impact of his music making and his passionate advocacy for music. As a spokesman for the music profession he has never been afraid to put his head above the parapet. He is a true leader and, of course, a truly great musician.

The presentation of the certificate of Honorary Membership was made by RPS Chairman, John Gilhooly, on Thursday 17 November on stage at the Hallé’s concert at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.


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