UK Music welcomes Queen’s Birthday Honours awards for music industry

We congratulated those who were handed gongs in Friday's announcement

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11/06/18: UK Music has congratulated those recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, including MOBO Awards founder Kanya King and MC Ms Dynamite.

Kanya King was handed a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Picture credit: MOBO Awards

King, who was already an MBE, was given a CBE for services to music and culture after founding the ceremony in 1996. Ms Dynamite – real name Niomi McLean-Daley – was honoured with an MBE  for services to music.

Other musicians and execs honoured in the list include baritone singer Simon Keenlyside; the Southbank Centre’s director of music, Gillian Moore; CEO of music charity Sound & Music, Susanna Eastburn; and composer, pianist and conductor Dr Thomas Ades.

Those in the music industry who received honours included:


Simon John KEENLYSIDE, C.B.E., Baritone. For services to Music.


Dr. Thomas ADES, Composer, Pianist and Conductor. For services to Music.

Kanya KING, M.B.E., Entrepreneur. For services to Music and Culture.

Gillian MOORE, M.B.E., Director of Music, Southbank Centre. For services to Music.


Alice Mary COOTE, Mezzo Soprano. For services to Music.

Julian Raphael Nathaniel JOSEPH, Musician. For services to Music.

Professor Debbie WISEMAN, M.B.E., Composer and Conductor. For services to Music


Niomi Arleen McLEAN-DALEY, Rapper, Songwriter and Record Producer. For services to Music  

Susanna de Martelly EASTBURN, Chief Executive, Sound and Music. For services to Music

Barry John FARRIMOND, Chief Executive, OpenUp Music. For services to Accessible Music Technology

Dr. Alasdair Buchanan GILLIES, Trustee, Scottish Showbusiness Benevolent Fund and Chairman, Gaelic Language Promotion Trust. For services to Music, to the Gaelic Language and to charity.

Veronica Claire JOBBINS, Head of Learning and Participation (Dance), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. For services to Young People.

Rosemary JOHNSON, Executive Director, Royal Philharmonic Society. For services to Music.

Christine Mary PRIMROSE. For services to Gaelic Music, to Culture and to Education in Scotland and Internationally.

Orphy Everton ROBINSON, Musician and Composer. For services to Music.

Dennis George ROLLINS, Jazz Trombonist. For services to Music.

Robert William Robertson TAIT. For services to the Promotion of Music in Scotland and to voluntary service in Falkirk.

Anthony Hugh THORNTON. For services to Music in Yorkshire.

Louise WALLWEIN, Poet, Playwright and Spoken Word Performer. For services to Music.

Companion of Honour

Dame Kiri Jeanette TE KANAWA, D.B.E., Soprano. For services to Music.

British Empire Medal

Andrew Davidson AINSLIE, Pipe Major, Duns Pipe Band. For services to Music and to the community in Berwickshire.

Lyndon Howard BAGLIN. For services to Brass Band Music.

Gordon BALMFORTH. For services to Music and to charity in Kirklees

Joseph Henry BERRY. For services to Music and to the community in Newry, County Down.

Rosemary COLE, Director of Music, Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir and Accompanist, South Hams Folk Dancing Club. For services to the Performing Arts in South West England.

Cliona DONNELLY. For services to Music and Young People in Northern Ireland.

James McQUADE. For services to Music in the community in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Diane Jean PANNELL. For services to Amateur Music Making in the community in Suffolk.

Elizabeth Clark PEARSON. For services to Music and Education in Lanarkshire.

Elizabeth RICE, Piper, Moodiesburn and District Pipe Band. For services to Music Education.

Elaine SLEEMAN. For services to Music

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