Young musicians recognised during visit by The Queen

08:34 06 December 2012

The Queen will attend a Cabinet meeting today. File picture: Luke MacGregor/PA Wire

The Queen will attend a Cabinet meeting today. File picture: Luke MacGregor/PA Wire

The Queen attended the Barbican last night to watch the London Symphony Orchestra perform

She wore a Stewart Parvin purple and gold cloque shift dress and matching coat. Picture: Luke MacGregor/PA WireShe wore a Stewart Parvin purple and gold cloque shift dress and matching coat. Picture: Luke MacGregor/PA Wire

She was all smiles as she was greeted by three young girls who complimented her on her clothes.

Wearing a Stewart Parvin purple and gold cloque shift dress and matching coat, she met various dignitaries before the concert, as well as 11-year-old Trinity Florence and nine-year-old twins Francesca and Anna Moulds, who wore matching pink party dresses.

Their mothers, guests of the LSO, were also full of praise for the Queen, who is patron of the orchestra.

After the interval, the Queen presented Her Majesty’s Medal for Music to the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO).

The annual prize is awarded to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation.

It was received by members of the NYO before the second half of the concert.

Sarah Alexander, chief executive and artistic director of the NYO, said: “Being presented with The Queen’s Medal for Music by Her Majesty The Queen herself is a fantastic accolade for our teenagers who are committed ambassadors for their art form.

“This award recognises their hard work and dedication to music-making, who through their performances and projects cascade their love of music as a life-affirming activity to thousands of other musicians and music lovers across the country.

“It is fitting that the presentation took place at a London Symphony Orchestra concert, especially as one fifth of its current members came up through the NYO. We look forward to continuing to champion the development of young musicians and shaping the future of the orchestra.”

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the master of the Queen’s music and chair of the award’s nomination committee, said: “I am delighted that the NYO is this year’s winner of The Queen’s Medal for Music.

“This award celebrates the overwhelmingly positive influence the NYO has had on the musical world as the standard-bearer for youth orchestras, both at home and abroad.

“When you conduct an orchestra its quality is always enhanced by a core of former NYO members and the boundless talent that they bring. The NYO is undoubtedly a worthy and deserving recipient of this year’s award.”

Members of the NYO received a rapturous applause from the capacity crowd as they picked up their award from the Queen.

Backstage, NYO leader Roberto Ruisi, 16, said meeting the Queen was a heart-stopping moment.

He said: “It’s an absolute privilege for the NYO. We always strive for musical excellence and it’s really great that we’ve now had this recognised.”

After presenting the award, the Queen met members of the LSO backstage, before watching them perform Elgar’s Enigma Variations with members of the NYO.

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