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Industry Honour for John McCabe

Sir Ralph Kohn

The 2014 IVORS AWARD for Classical Music was presented to John McCabe at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on May 22. The heavy bronze statuette was handed to him by Christopher Gunning, well-known for his TV and film music, including Poirot, but now also with much serious music to his credit, including seven symphonies. Despite his illness, John was able to make an acceptance speech at the ceremony, and was rewarded by a standing ovation. Many well-known names from the world of Pop were at the event, which is largely connected with that industry. Previous recipients of the Classical Award include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir John Tavener, and Michel Nyman.

McCabe is still busy composing, despite medical problems and treatment, and is currently finishing a short choral work for the Halle Choir (double choir/organ) , to be premiered later this year, and he is hopeful to go on to write other works.


Takács String Quartet awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal

Takács String Quartet

John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, awarded the Takács String Quartet with the Wigmore Hall Medal on Saturday May 10. The Medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognises major international artists and significant figures in the classical music world who have a strong association with the Hall. The Takács Quartet made their debut at Wigmore Hall in 1979, as Gold medal winners of the inaugural Portsmouth (now Wigmore Hall) International String Quartet Competition, and are recognised as one of the world’s leading string quartets. In 2012 Wigmore Hall appointed the Takács Quartet as its first ever Associate Artists.

A special medal for each member of the Quartet was designed and made by British artist and medallist Irene Gunston. This is the first time a string quartet has been awarded the medal. Recent recipients of the award include András Schiff, Thomas Quasthoff, Menahem Pressler and Dame Felicity Lott. John Gilhooly said “Since taking the London audience by storm at its Wigmore debut in 1979, the Takács has enjoyed a long and much loved relationship with the city. It’s only right that we acknowledge their significant association with Wigmore Hall.”

Edward Dusinberre, on behalf of the Quartet, said “We enjoy many of our happiest and most rewarding concert experiences onstage at the Wigmore, and feel deeply honoured to receive this award.”






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