Within the last three months we’ve seen a huge amount of change in the UK. A gruelling leadership contest came to an end with the election of Liz Truss as the leader of the Conservative party and prime minister. We’ve welcomed a new cabinet, including Michelle Donelan, the new secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and are keen to see how she will tackle the issues affecting classical music.
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The sad passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II has marked the end of an incredible 70-year reign. The Queen certainly left her mark on our industry, not least occasioning the first cancellation since the Second World War of the Last Night of the Proms – only the second cancellation in the festival’s 127-year history. We have The Queen to thank for the many works created in her name, and the various concerts and events organised in celebration of her many birthdays and jubilees.
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The Queen established The Queen’s Medal for Music in 2005, recognising recipients’ contribution to the musical life of the nation. Musical excellence was also acknowledged through the Master of the Queen’s Music role (comparable to the title of poet laureate). She made history when she appointed the first woman, composer Judith Weir, to hold this title in 2014.
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Although The Queen’s position required political impartiality, the times during which she reigned were increasingly turbulent. As well as the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, the cost-of-living crisis and the impact of climate change, the issue of Brexit was impossible to ignore.
Our cover star, Anna Patalong is a bit more vocal. Having received death threats after donning a yellow-and-blue outfit to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 2019, the soprano is not to be silenced. Her career is also deœing her aggressors, with a recent appointment as British Youth Opera CEO, an expansion of her repertoire and the success of her charity, SWAP’ra (see p18).
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Celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams are numerous in the upcoming season; Andrew Green gives us insight into this well-known figure through an exploration of the composer’s experiences across two world wars (p28).
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Over on p25, Black Lives in Music’s director of operations Roger Wilson shares an insider perspective on the recent partnership forged with the Musicians’ Union. We also look at the RPS Awards and how they have helped recent winners reach the next stage in their careers (p22).
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