Marin Alsop has received honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of her outstanding services to music. The presentation was made by RPS trustee, composer Colin Matthews, on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms concert on Thursday 4 September. Marin was making a welcome return to the BBC Proms since her triumphant appearance as conductor of the Last Night in 2013, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in works by John Adams and Mahler to a packed hall, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 4.
In her acceptance speech Marin said: “I am truly honored to accept this award, especially here at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, a place that has such special meaning for me. The RPS’s commitment to nurturing young musicians and its devotion to commissioning and supporting new music resonate deeply with me. The Society’s core values of Understanding, Creativity and Excellence are embraced by all of us today in our collective hope for a more tolerant and peaceful world. Thank you.”
Marin joins a distinguished list of conductors who have previously received the award, including Mark Elder, Lorin Maazel, Rafael Kubelik, Charles Mackerras, John Eliot Gardner, Pierre Boulez, Vernon Handley, Bernard Haitink and Arturo Toscanini. In a statement by the Council of the RPS they praised her as an “inspiring and distinguished artist who is also a role model for the 21st century musician”, and went onto say “she is as widely recognised for her imaginative programming as for her deep commitment to education and to the development of audiences of all ages.”
To read the full statement by the RPS and the press release, click here.