Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society was presented to Sir Mark Elder on 17 November 2011 at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
The presentation was made by RPS Chairman John Gilhooly, during a concert with the Halle conducted by Sir Mark. John Gilhooly read the citation of the RPS Council:
“This award celebrates Mark Elder’s 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.”
Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music: The dynamic cultural advocacy of the RPS makes an incalculable contribution to British musical life.
DID YOU KNOW?
During World War 2, when the BBCSO was evacuated to Bristol, the RPS stepped in to ensure that the 1940 Proms season would go ahead.