BBC Radio 3 presenter Donald Macleod has been given an honorary doctorate by the University of St Andrews. The Scottish writer and broadcaster, best known for presenting Radio 3’s Composer of the Week, will be awarded MusD (Doctor of Music) by his alma mater on Thursday 22nd June.
Donald, who began his BBC career on Radio 3 in 1982, has presented Composer of the Week since 1999.
Composer of the Week is one of the longest-running radio series in the world, having begun as ‘This Week’s Composer’ on the Home Service in 1943. Since taking the helm, Donald has presented over 3000 programmes, interviewing countless top musicians, composers, conductors, designers and directors over the years. For the programme’s 70th anniversary in 2013, the public were asked to nominate a never-before featured composer for a Christmas special, and listeners chose 19th-century French composer Louise Farrenc, who became the focus of a week of December broadcasts. In 2007, Donald won The Voice of the Viewer and Listeners for Excellence in Broadcasting award, and in 2014 he won the Best Music and Arts Programme award.
Donald Macleod said: ‘I am thrilled to be awarded this doctorate from St Andrews, in recognition of my work on a programme I love making. While this is a huge personal honour, it is also eloquent testimony to the incredible work of the team of outstandingly talented producers who work on Composer of the Week, consistently giving Radio 3 listeners such an entertaining, informative, often eccentric and moving look at musical geniuses throughout history’.