Association Of British Choral Directors

abcd Chair awarded OBE

We are delighted that our Chair, Leslie East, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List for 2016.

A long time trustee of the organisation, Leslie became Chair in 2015 after stepping down as Chief Executive of ABRSM.

Leslie says:

"I am delighted and greatly honoured to have received an OBE for services to musicians and music education in the New Years Honours list. I am told that this was made in particular for my support of composers and of young artists at the beginning of their careers through my work with City Music Society, The Musicians' Company, SPNM and the Early Music Network, as well as my day jobs at the Guildhall School, Novello's and ABRSM. Now of course I'm proud to be part of the great ABCD team and hope that the honour reflects our association's importance in the world of music."

Andrew Potter, former Chair, publishing director of OUP and Chair of PRS, responded to the news:

"At abcd we are all be delighted that our Chair, Leslie East, has been awarded OBE. It reflects his excellent leadership in a variety of musical communities and assures us that we have chosen the right person to lead our further healthy development, particularly in training choral leaders."

Leslie will receive his award at Buckingham Palace later this year.

Posted: Fri 08th January 2016

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