Queen’s Hon­ours List cel­e­bra­tions

The Oban Times - - The Oban Times & West Highland Times -

A LOCHABER mu­si­cian has been awarded a pres­ti­gious award in the Queen’s New Year Hon­ours List for ded­i­cat­ing his life to mu­sic.

Peter Rose, di­rec­tor of Lochaber Mu­sic School, was named as a Mem­ber of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire (MBE), for ser­vices to mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion and con­ser­va­tion in the UK and abroad.

The award recog­nises the teacher’s work with Anne Con­lon, who also re­ceived an MBE. The pair have been writ­ing choral mu­sic for more than 30 years, in­clud­ing the world’s first eco­log­i­cal mu­si­cal, Yanomamo, in 1983, high­light­ing the threats posed to the world’s rain­forests.

Peter, who lives in Up­per In­ver­roy, Roy Bridge, was a grad- uate of the Royal Manch­ester Col­lege of Mu­sic be­fore be­ing ap­pointed head of ex­pres­sive arts at St Au­gus­tine’s RC High School in Lan­cashire.

He said: ‘We would like to thank all of those who have of­fered con­grat­u­la­tions and ex­pressed such great plea­sure at our be­ing awarded MBEs in the New Year Hon­ours List. The award came as a to­tal but lovely sur­prise. We do have to say that the award’s ci­ta­tion ‘for ser­vices to mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion and con­ser­va­tion, in the UK and abroad’ surely has to em­brace ev­ery­one who has been in­volved in our en­vi­ron­men­tal choral works, whether as per­former, col­league, par­ent, helper and not least, close friend and fam­ily.’

Anne has now re­tired from teach­ing but the pair con­tinue to write to­gether and plan to pub­lish new work this year.

Also cred­ited on the Hon­ours List was Calina MacDonald of Car­bost, Skye, who was named an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire (OBE) for ser­vices to busi­ness and hor­ti­cul­ture in Skye and Lochalsh.

MBE: Peter Rose.

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