American conductor Maestra Marin Alsop has been announced as the newest Honourary Member of London's Royal Philharmonic Society - 'in recognition of her outstanding services to music'.
The presentation was made on Thursday evening, by composer Colin Matthews, during the Prom's performance – in which she led the BBC Symphony Orchestra in works by John Adams and Mahler.
“Marin Alsop is an inspiring and distinguished artist who is also a role model for the 21st century musician,” The Royal Philharmonic Society has said, “...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.'
“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,” Maestra Alsop has said in her acceptance speech.
Other conductors to have received the award include Sir Mark Elder, Pierre Boulez and Bernard Haitink.
The Royal Philharmonic Society, formed in 1813 is a London-based membership society, dedicated to the promotion of composers and young musicians – with the vision of engaging audiences to ensure future generations are able to enjoy a rich and vibrant musical life.