Richard McNicol

2004 Recipient: Richard McNicol

Richard McNicol, Animateur of the London Symphony Orchestra was presented with Honorary Membership of the RPS by Evelyn Glennie at the RPS Music Awards Dinner in London on 5 May 2004.

In making this award, the Council of the RPS concurred:

Richard McNicol has helped redefine the way in which music is understood and enjoyed. He recognises that music is best learnt at all ages and levels by working creatively with a broad range of music materials and has pioneered an extraordinary, highly creative approach to music, which gets pupils deeply involved in myriad musical experiences.


Cathy Graham, Director of Music, British Council: That classical music has a vibrant future is very important to me. Supporting the RPS allows me to play a small part in ensuring this.


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